Tata Martino: World Cup Manager Sacked After Disappointing Campaign in Qatar

Tata Martino: World Cup Manager Sacked After Disappointing Campaign in Qatar

  • Mexico head coach Tata Martino has lost his job with the national team after his side's early elimination from the tournament
  • The CONCACAF nation was sent packing after they finished third in Group C behind leaders Argentina and Poland
  • Mexico picked four points during the tournament, with their last group fixture ending in a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia

Mexico manager Tata Martino has become the first coach of the 2022 World Cup to lose his job.

The legendary Martino was axed following Mexico's frustrating campaign in Qatar, which saw them eliminated in the group stages.

The Tricolor were sent packing after they finished third in Group C of the tournament with four points.

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Tata Martino gestures on the touchline during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group C football match between Saudi Arabia and Mexico at the Lusail Stadium. Photo by Alfredo Estrella.
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Mexico kicked off their campaign with a draw against Poland before Argentina stunned them 2-0 in their second fixture.

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The result meant that they needed to beat Saudi Arabia by a bigger goal margin in their final group match or hope for a heavy defeat for Poland at the hands of Argentina in the other group fixture.

While Poland went on to lose 2-0 against Messi's Argentina, Mexico's 2-1 win against Saudi Arabia was not enough to book them a spot in the last 16.

Mexico was therefore eliminated on goal difference, with Poland advancing at their expense.

According to The Sun, the team's early exit from the tournament rendered Martino jobless, with the manager's four-year reign with the team coming to an end.

Martino speaks after Mexico exit

Reacting to Mexico's elimination from the tournament, Martino described his team's premature exit as 'huge failure' and 'great sadness.'

The tactician went on to take the blame for his team's disastrous campaign.

“I have no reason to think the future will be different. The contract expired with the final whistle and there is nothing else to do," he said via The Sun.

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“In eight World Cups this has never happened and I take responsibility for this huge failure. It’s a great sadness," he added.

Martino backs Spain

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Mexico boss Gerardo Martino has picked his World Cup favourite, and it is not Lionel Messi's Argentina.

Martino, who is also from the South American nation, picked Spain as the World Cup winner over his country.

He has formerly coached Messi for both club and country, having managed Barcelona in the 2013/14 season.

Source: Sports Brief News