Mexico City, Mexico (4E Sports) – Mexico has dismissed manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” De la Torre after a 2-1 loss to Honduras at home in the World Cup qualifying Friday.
The loss was just the second for the Mexicans in the World Cup qualifying matches at Estadio Azteca, and the first since 2001. Three hours after the loss, the Mexican federation announced that it fired De la Torre.
“In a dialogue with Chepo, I asked for his support to name Tena the technical director of the team,” federation president Justino Compeán said.
Compean said Luis Fernando Tena, one of De la Torre’s top assistants, will take up the post on an interim basis. Tena guided Mexico to the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Assistants Salvador “Chava” Reyes and Eduardo “Yayo” de la Torre will stay with the team under Tena.
Mexico have not won a match at Estadio Azteca in 2013 and failed to make it past the group stage in the Confederations Cup and advance to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“Since the beginning, this program was formed with Chepo, Tena, Chava and Yayo. All highly professionals, but unfortunately the game results didn’t reflect the effort behind the program,” Compean said.
The defeat to Honduras leaves Mexico fourth in the six-team CONCACAF group, six points behind leaders Costa Rica, which beat the United States, 3-1, Friday.
Only the top three qualify for the finals in Brazil next year, while the fourth will go into a playoff series against Oceania winner New Zealand. Mexico has not missed a World Cup since 1990.
Mexico will travel to Columbus, Ohio Tuesday to take on Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. team.