Miguel Herrera received a contract extension set to leave him as head of El Tri until 2018 as the Mexican Football Federation announced today. Herrera recently lead the Mexican National team to the knock-out stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after El Tri was close struggled to qualify for the World Cup itself. FMF President, Justino Compean, announced while in Rio de Janeiro that they were pleased with his work:
“We’re renewing Miguel Herrera’s contract so he stays as coach of the national team for Russia 2018, we’re going with him and hopefully he lasts.”
“His work was extraordinary (in Brazil) We’re pleased because in the short time he had to work, he did it very well, achieving very good results in the style of play and in what the national team transmitted.”
Both parties are seemingly in agreement over the contract extension with Compean adding, “He’s in favor of continuing and us too.”
Herrera was appointed interim manager of El Tri in October 2013, making him the fourth manager in a month. He then led the team to a 9-3 aggregate victory over New Zealand which officially qualified Mexico for the 2014 World Cup that saw his team in a group with host nation, Brazil, as well as Croatia and Cameroon. While in Brazil Mexico earned 7 points including two victories and a tie, with four goals scored and only one allowed during the group stages. They were eliminated in a controversial game against the Netherlands in the Round of 16 by a score of 2-1.
After a professional career spanning 14 years, as well as an appearance for Mexico in the 1993 Copa America, Herrera has been a manager since 2002 when he returned to his former club Atlante to coach.
Herrera earned a reputation at the 2014 World Cup as an enthusiastic coach who is not afraid to show his emotions and obvious belief in his team, a quality that many speculated lead to Mexico’s success in Brazil.