World Cup 2014: Miguel Herrera agrees new contract to remain with Mexico at the 2018 World Cup in Russia - and he'll be bringing his brilliant reactions with him
Herrera was one of the stars of the World Cup solely for his reactions and celebrations to anything that happened on the pitch
Saturday 12 July 2014
Everyone’s favourite manager Miguel Herrera has given Mexico fans reason to celebrate after he agreed a new contract to remain in charge of the national team until 2018 – meaning we may get the excitement of seeing him on the touchline for another World Cup.
Former international Herrera lit up the touchlines in Brazil with his expressive and exuberant reactions to goals, fouls and pretty much everything else.
Mexico were eliminated in the second round in Brazil by semi-finalists Netherlands, infuriating the supporters as they accused Arjen Robben of diving for the match-winning penalty.
But after tensions were given enough time to calm, the Central Americans can return to a state of celebration after confirmation came of Herrera’s new deal to remain in charge of the national side.
“We’re renewing Miguel Herrera’s contract so he stays as coach of the national team for Russia 2018,” Mexican Football Federation president Justino Compean said.
“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.”
Herrera’s campaign in Brazil was all the more impressive as he only took over the job in October last year, leaving him just eight months to finalise his plans for the World Cup after a tumultuous few years in Mexican football.
In fact, Mexico hadn’t even qualified for the World Cup when he took over, but Herrera guided them through a play-off against New Zealand to reach the tournament, where they would hold Brazil to a draw and beat Croatia and Cameroon in reaching the second round.
Herrera realises that all six-foot of Guillermo Ochoa is about to hit him head-on They nearly knocked out the Dutch, had it not been for two goals in two minutes to send them back home, but Herrera had already earned his reputation as one of the true characters of the World Cup for his reactions and celebrations alone.
Here’s to hoping Mexico qualify for Russia 2018.
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