Former Mexico manager Miguel Herrera named new Tijuana coach

The ex-El Tri boss will take the reins of the border club in January and will look to guide the club back to the postseason.

TIJUANA, Mexico — It didn't take long for Miguel Herrera to find a new job.

The former Mexico national team manager, fired after July's Gold Cup because of an off-field incident, will take over as Club Tijuana's manager for the 2016 Clausura. Herrera was not able to take any jobs in Mexican soccer until the new year.

Herrera has signed a contract to coach Tijuana for two years, the club announced Monda.

"First of all, I want to thank the team President Jorgealberto Hank Inzuza for offering me the job,” the coach said in a news release. “I am very happy. This is a great administration that is always thinking about having a winning project, a successful project that connects with the people. There are important people within the organization that in a short time has grown a lot. I am committed to together working to bring plenty of success.”

The 47-year-old led Club America to a Liga MX championship and to the subsequent final, which the team lost to Leon. He also took Monterrey to two finals during his spell there. The Xolos will be the sixth Mexican club the former defensive midfielder coaches.

Tijuana parted ways with Ruben Omar Romano and currently sits in the penultimate position of the league. The club experienced fast success, winning the Liga MX title just a year after winning promotion to the first division. Since then, they've been unable to achieve the same type of season, with Herrera looking to recapture the positive results the teams fans now expect. 

“We are going to do successful things, with the idea that if tomorrow the national team comes calling….it will have to wait because we want to be here with Xolos for many years,” he said. “We come here wanting to bring many titles to Tijuana. The commitment is to have a winning team, create wins, and of course, championships. We want to see our people celebrating titles.” 

Interim manager Raul Chabrand will return to his duties working with the club's youth players.