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Vucetich replaces Tena as Mexico coach

Victor Vucetich was officially named as the new Mexico coach on Thursday, replacing interim trainer Luis Fernando Tena to become the third El Tri boss in the last five days.

With Mexico struggling through World Cup qualifying, Vucetich was quick to point out the size of the task he has taken on.

“This is the biggest challenge of my career, without doubt,” the former Monterrey coach, who won the last three Concacaf Champions League titles, declared in a press conference in Mexico City.

The 58-year-old has been handed a short-term contract that gives no guarantee he will be in charge should El Tri qualify for the World Cup, and he begins his reign on October 11 in the Estadio Azteca against Panama.

Vucetich takes over Mexico with the team in fifth position in the Concacaf hexagonal stage of World Cup qualifying, with just two games remaining and El Tri currently one place off reaching a potential play-off against New Zealand for a berth in Brazil.

The new coach will bring in his own backroom staff in a clean sweep from Jose Manuel de la Torre and emphasised the mental aspect of getting El Tri’s players firing after losing to both Honduras and the United States over the past week.

“The psychological aspect definitely needs to be worked on, that is vital,” Vucetich said. “There's [been] a certain fear to take risks. We have to take the necessary steps to break those [psychological] problems.”

Vucetich gave little away regarding potential call-ups for in-form European-based duo Carlos Vela and Guillermo Ochoa, but implied that he would be contacting them to find out their readiness to rejoin the national team.

The Mexican also revealed he turned down the chance to lead his country in 2010 due to personal reasons regarding his family.