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Tigres coach Ricardo 'Tuca' Ferretti open to Mexico interim job

Tigres coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti has stressed he is not a candidate for the vacant Mexico national team job, but would be keen on helping out on an interim basis.

El Tri has friendlies coming up against Uruguay (Sept. 7) and the United States (Sept. 11) and is without a manager after Juan Carlos Osorio said he wouldn't be renewing his contract.

Brazil-born Ferretti has enjoyed success with Tigres, Pumas and Chivas in his career coaching in Mexico and took over El Tri on a temporary basis previously in 2015, before Osorio was named full-time coach.

"The possibility [of taking over permanently] is closed," said Ferretti in an interview with Futbol Picante. "The only [possibility] would be to help out again while they take a decision as happened with Osorio.

"If they aren't clear on what they want; if they have two, three, four or five options and they want to analyze and need to fulfil those two FIFA [international] dates, I have no problem.

"I'll manage on an interim basis, but after that they should have a candidate because I'm not one."

Ferretti stated he had been approached about the full-time position by the Mexican federation as one of four potential candidates, but hinted that if he had been first-choice he may have been more open to negotiating.

"That's it, there was that situation and because of the way they told me, I commented that if they had two or three more options then thanks, the position wasn't for me," said the 64-year-old Ferretti.

Ferretti indicated the fact that he was assistant to Miguel Mejia Baron with Mexico at the 1994 World Cup means he already has experience of working at the tournament and was also critical of the way Mexico reacts to success.

"The national team has, or should have, a style in which all the little ants together are capable of doing big things and on their own do nothing," said Ferretti. "When these ants work together they are capable of beating Germany, or drawing with Italy and win games, and then suddenly it seems like when having success they begin to separate."


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