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The new Mexico boss says that it was the Chivas owner who was a major proponent of his arrival on the El Tri bench as opposed to Club America owner Emilio Azcarraga.

Miguel Herrera has denied rumors that Club America and Televisa owner Emilio Azcarraga put him in place as temporary Mexico coach, instead indicating that Chivas boss Jorge Vergara promoted the change.

“The promoter behind the arrival of America’s coaching staff and sporting president Ricardo Pelaez was Jorge Vergara,” Herrera said in an interview with ESPN’s Toque Inicial. “The person who wanted it least was Yon de Luisa, who is president of America’s sporting committee.”

Herrera stressed that he is only on loan at the national team until El Tri’s fate has been decided after the New Zealand playoff games, and that there was a consensus among Liga Bancomer MX team owners that him replacing Victor Manuel Vucetich was the right thing to do.

“Thirteen owners spoke and they all gave their vote of confidence (to me),” Herrera said. “And with that the federation asked America, who ceded, but it’ll only be for the two games against New Zealand.”

The Mexico squad Herrera named last Sunday – fronted by no less than 10 America players – meets in Mexico City Tuesday to begin preparation for next Wednesday’s friendly in San Diego against Finland. On Saturday, the squad will play second-division side Altamira in a behind-closed-doors friendly, meaning the national team players will not feature for their club sides this weekend.

Leon has petitioned the federation to let two of its four national teamers return for Saturday’s vital league game at home to Toluca, with both clubs looking to secure playoff places and a spot in next year’s Copa Libertadores.

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