Victor Manuel Vucetich meets with El Tri
October, 6, 2010
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Monterrey coach Victor Manuel Vucetich confirmed to Mexican media Wednesday that he is a top candidate to take the reins of the national team.
Vucetich, who guided Monterrey to the 2009 Apertura title and the top record in the 2010 “Bicentenario” Clausura tournament in Mexico’s Primera Division, was in Mexico City for talks with Federacion Mexicana de Futbol officials, including secretary general Decio de Maria and national teams director Nestor de la Torre.
“It’s a good chance, nothing more …,” Vucetich said afterward, according to media reports. “The national team is always attractive. We talked a bit about everything; about the customs, about the obligations and other very personal things that I won’t discuss.”
Vucetich, 55, has widely considered a contender along with Toluca coach
Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre, who apparently has not yet spoken with FMF officials about the position. De Maria has said he would announce World Cup coach Javier Aguirre’s successor Oct. 18.
Mexico has a friendly Tuesday against Venezuela in Ciudad Juarez under former Guadalajara coach Efrain Flores, who was in charge for friendlies last month against Ecuador and Colombia.
The Associated Press reported that Vucetich had been offered the job, but the news agency and Mexican media quoted Vucetich as saying “there are others that I also think have a chance and the qualifications for the job.”
Monterrey is the lone unbeaten team in the Primera Division, with a 6-0-4 record, and is second overall in the fall Apertura. The Rayados have lost just once in 32 regular-season games, but they were swept in the spring Clausura semifinals last May by Pachuca.