Efrain Flores might not be Mexico's permanent manager but if anyone is going to give him a ringing endorsement to take the job over full time, it is his former club players.
Javier Hernandez and Francisco Javier Rodriguez each played for Flores on Chivas and the now-European based duo said Flores would make a fine national team manager.
"He's a different kind of manager the national team has had and has a lot to offer," Rodriguez said in a press conference. "Unfortunately the choice as to whether to keep him around or not is not ours."
Flores is Mexico's third manager in as many games. Javier Aguirre left after the World Cup and Enrique Meza took over for one match, a 1-1 draw against Spain on Aug. 11. Flores is in charge now and will count on players such as Rodriguez and Hernandez for success against Ecuador at Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara.
Success with the national team could follow Flores, just as he found success with Chivas.
"We played with him with Chivas and he did things very well there," Hernandez said. "He helped the institution a great deal and now we have him as our manager and we are at his disposal."
Carlos Vela, another Guadalajara product, was not able to play for Flores with the first team but dealt with him quite a bit when he was coming up through the youth ranks.
"He has worked a lot with the youth teams, with young players and many of us who are on the national team now are just starting our careers," Vela said. "He is someone who knows how to treat players like us and will contribute a lot to the team and we will give our best effort when we play."