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Guillermo Almada in line to be appointed as new Mexico head coach

According to Fox Sports, the experienced Uruguayan manager will be appointed once the Clausura 2023 tournament is over for Pachuca.

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According to Fox Sports, the experienced Uruguayan manager will be appointed once the Clausura 2023 tournament is over for Pachuca.
David Martinez PelcastreEFE

The Mexican federation had several names on their list to take over the job after a disappointing result at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar under manager Gerardo Martino. It was reported that Marcelo Bielsa, Miguel Herrera, Ignacio Ambríz and Guillermo Almada were being considered for the job and it seems that a decision has finally been made.

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Almada the chosen one

According to Fox Sports, the Mexican federation will appoint Almada once Pachuca’s participation in the Clausura 2023 tournament is over, with Jaime Lozano set to serve as interim coach during the FIFA international window of March. Per the report, Lozano will become an assistant coach during Almada’s tenure given his experience at youth level.

Almada has plenty of knowledge on the mechanics of Mexican football given his time with Santos Laguna from 2019 to 2021 and with Pachuca since then. In the Apertura 2022 championship, he led Los Tuzos to their seventh Liga MX title.

The Uruguayan manager has impressed with Pachuca and has been key in developing young players from the youth teams such as Luis Chávez and Kevin Álvarez, who had breakout performances at the World Cup.

The news means that Lozano will start Mexico’s World Cup cycle during the CONCACAF Nations League, when they play against Suriname (23 March) and Jamaica (26 March). Almada will then take over the job and will start his tenure during the 2023 Gold Cup campaign that is set to begin on 24 June.