Mexico set to announce new coach Thursday, Vucetich favorite

The former Monterrey boss could be handed the daunting task of righting El Tri's badly listing ship
The Mexican soccer federation (FMF) has called a press conference for Thursday (1 p.m. ET), with reports south of the border suggesting it will be to unveil Victor Manuel Vucetich as El Tri’s new coach.

There has been no official word from the federation, but various outlets reported throughout Wednesday that the former Monterrey boss was the FMF’s preferred option.

Vucetich managed Monterrey to three consecutive CONCACAF Champions League titles and two Liga MX titles in his four years in charge, but was released from the job after the team’s slow start to the Apertura season.

Other candidates to replace the fired Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre include the former Atlas and Morelia coach Tomas Boy and Club America’s Miguel Herrera.

Whoever takes over comes into the job under severe pressure to get the team functioning from the get-go. El Tri has won just once in eight matches in the hexagonal and is currently positioned in fifth place in the table, out of the qualification places for Brazil 2014.

The new Mexico coach’s first game will be the potentially decisive home World Cup qualifier against Panama on Oct. 11.