Martino confirms Mexico’s departure after the “great failure” at the World Cup

Tata Martino accepted responsibility for Mexico’s ‘major failure’ at the World Cup and confirmed his contract had expired with little prospect of him returning to the role.

Martino has been a largely unpopular El Tri manager and his position hasn’t been helped by Wednesday’s elimination in the Qatar 2022 group stage.

Mexico came incredibly close to the round of 16 in their eighth consecutive World Cup before instead being eliminated on goal difference behind Poland in Group C.

After second-half goals from Henry Martin and Luis Chavez against Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium, Mexico were level on points, goal difference and goals scored with Poland, having drawn the head-to-head.

With the final whistle in Poland’s match against Argentina, Mexico were on their way out with an inferior fair play record when Salem Al Dawsari picked one up for Saudi Arabia in stoppage time.

Ultimately, Martino’s men had let it be too late to stage a steal, and much of the ire was directed at the manager, whose name was mocked before kickoff.

Speaking of his “villain” status in Mexico, Martino replied: “I can’t tell you anything but people’s opinions.

“I am the boss [person] responsible for the frustrations we have. I am responsible and it is a source of great sadness.

“I take full responsibility for this huge failure. It hasn’t happened for eight World Cups.”

Martino’s contract was reported to have expired after the World Cup, and he continued: “I have no reason at the moment to think that the future should be any different. The contract expired with the final whistle and there is nothing else to do.”

Chavez was asked for his opinion later in the press conference and he added: “We are the players, we take full responsibility.

“I would say in the second game [against Argentina] we didn’t quite understand what he [Martino] wanted to see on the pitch.

“We defended well for some time, but we didn’t create enough chances.”

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian coach Herve Renard acknowledged his side did not deserve to advance with their performance against Mexico.

However, he instead sought to focus on their campaign as a whole, including their surprising opening win against Argentina.

“Congratulations to the players. We did our best,” he said. “Today was more difficult for us, but we must not forget what we have done together. I will always protect them. I am proud of their World Cup.”

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