Herrera named Mexico coach for World Cup 2014

After guiding Mexico through its playoff with New Zealand, the Club America boss is set to stay on through World Cup 2018.

Club America’s Miguel Herrera was confirmed as the new coach of the Mexican national team on Monday, after a meeting between Liga MX club owners and the Mexican federation.

Herrera’s contract has not yet been defined, but the idea is that the 45-year-old former Mexico international will guide El Tri through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“The plan is that Miguel Herrera will be in Brazil and will have continuity until Russia 2018,” director of national teams Hector Gonzalez told a press conference in Mexico City.

Ricardo Pelaez joins Herrera in the role of sporting director of the national team, continuing the partnership that led Club America to last season’s Clausura 2013 title and helped Las Aguilas to first position in the Apertura regular season.

Herrera stepped in at short notice last month to guide Mexico past New Zealand 9-3 on aggregate to secure a spot at Brazil 2014, following a disastrous year for the national team in which it came within seconds of crashing out of the CONCACAF qualifying competition.

The same meeting ratified the sale of Liga MX outfit Atlas to TV Azteca, which also owns Morelia, with several clubs opposing the deal and league president Decio de Maria stressing that multi ownership of teams will be wiped out of the Liga MX by 2016.