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Mexico fires Diego Cocca as national team manager

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Diego Cocca is out as Mexico’s national team manager only four months into the job.

Mexico fired Cocca on Monday following El Tri’s third-place finish in the 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League tournament. Mexico lost 3-0 to the U.S. men’s national team in last week’s semifinal round before edging Panama 1-0 in Sunday’s third-place match in Las Vegas.

El Tri have failed to defeat the USMNT in its past six matches across all competitions.

Jamie Lozano will now take charge as interim manager for the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup, which begins on June 25 for El Tri. After a three-year spell as Mexico’s head coach for its Under-23 squad, Lozano will now move into a larger role for the time being.

“The FMF thanks Rodrigo and Diego for their work and dedication during this time and wishes them every success in their future projects,”Β a statement from the Mexican Federation read.

Cocca registered a 3-3-1 record during his seven matches in charge of the Mexico senior national team. A former manager of several Liga MX clubs including Tigres, Santos Laguna, Club Tijuana, and Atlas, Cocca lifted three trophies at club level before being hired as Tata Martino’s replacement in February.

Mexico was paired with Haiti, Honduras, and Qatar for the upcoming Gold Cup.

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  1. Who is the next coach they will fire? It won’t be long. The only recent surprise was that Tata survived last year’s losses to the USA in Nations League and Gold Cup; until he didn’t.

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  2. Much rather be a candidate for the US coaching position than be a candidate for the Mexico job. No manager of quality will apply for that job now.

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  3. Lol. Well same old Mexico. Talent level isn’t there FMF.

    What coach will want this job? Every coach will be on a short leash.

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  4. Think the FMF will put together a search committee and rehire him in 6 months? Or Tata?

    I don’t always agree with Herc Gomez, but Herc did say that while Cocca is a good manager, he is a bad fit for the current talent available to Mexico.

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