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Ricardo Ferretti will be interim Mexico coach for up to four games

Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti will be the interim coach of Mexico for up to four games, according to Mexican Football Federation president Decio de Maria.

Ferretti, who currently coaches Liga MX club U.A.N.L. Tigres, could end up managing El Tri for two September friendlies in the United States against Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina, as well as on Oct. 10 during the team's crucial one-match playoff for CONCACAF's lone berth at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

"It will be up to four games," De Maria told ESPN, adding that "we will talk later" about what happens if the results are positive.

"Next week we will be able to make a conference and give specific details," he said.

The FMF and the Brazilian-born Ferretti have reportedly struck a deal that will allow the 61-year-old to continue in his capacity with Tigres while managing the national team in the interim.

Ferretti will divide his attention and his coaching staff between Tigres and the national team. De Maria said his tenure will be determined based on the team's performance while he is in charge.

Mexico's last coach Miguel Herrera had a similar arrangement when he was first in charge of El Tri. He was appointed as an interim and continued as coach of Club America for the rest of the Apertura 2013 season. He was later appointed permanent coach of the squad.

Ricardo Ferretti's Tigres will have to balance the 2015 Clausura with their Copa Libertadores campaign.
Ricardo 'Tuca' Ferretti will guide Mexico for their upcoming games in 2015.

Herrera followed two other interim coaches, Victor Manuel Vucetich and Luis Fernando Tena, into the position himself.

Other possible candidates for the job that have been mentioned are Marcelo Bielsa, Michael Laudrup and Juan Carlos Osorio.

The FMF recently announced that they did not want to rush the national team coaching choice and would be open to an interim manager.

Mexico Coaches since 2010 World Cup

Coach
Years
Games
Juan Carlos Osorio
2015-
 
Ricardo Ferretti*
2015
4
Miguel Herrera
2013-15
37
Victor Manuel Vucetich
2013
2
Luis Fernando Tena*
2013
1
Jose Manuel de la Torre
2011-13
47
Efrain Flores*
2010
3
Enrique Meza*
2010
1
*-interim coach

The 61-year-old Ferretti holds Mexican citizenship and has lived, played and coached in Mexico for many years. He is in his third stint with Tigres and led the club to the final of the prestigious Copa Libertadores tournament, as well as to the Apertura 2014 final of Liga MX.

Mexico plays friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 4th in Salt Lake City, Utah, then faces Argentina on Sept. 8th in Arlington, Texas. The key match against the U.S. is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The federation has not yet named a squad for the upcoming friendlies and only three European clubs, Villarreal (Jonathan dos Santos), Malaga (Guillermo Ochoa) and Hellas Verona (Rafael Marquez) have confirmed release of their Mexico internationals for those dates.

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