Jose Manuel De La Torre has accepted the post as manager of the Mexico national team. The coach is fairly new to the business having only coached for five seasons, but the former Toluca Mexican league manager has seen excellent success during his brief new profession winning three league titles over the short span that started in 2006.
De La Torre will officially replace former manager Javier Aguirre, who left El Tris after they were eliminated in the second round of the World Cup in a controversial match against Argentina. Two interim coaches have managed the club through friendly matches since Aguirre’s post-Cup departure, but the club has struggled to achieve many positive results with only one victory out of their last four matches.
De La Torre hopes to bring his great league success to the international ranks. The forty four year old admitted that coaching for the national team had been a dream of his for a very long time:
This is a dream I’ve had since I was a child. It’s a dream to represent your country. As I developed as a coach I kept feeding the same dream every day.
But it won’t be easy for the side’s new coach. His brother former national team director Nestor De La Torre was recently forced to leave his job due to the strict fines and suspensions the director enforced on 11 different national team players for their roles in a post-match hotel party that involved around a dozen prostitutes and one transvestite.
Several of the side’s best players have threatened to sit out if the punishments remain, but the players did show up to the October fixture against Venezuela and the footballers have not announced any plans of missing any future matches with the news of De La Torre agreeing to be the coach.