Guillermo Almada was a name that did not say anything to the Mexican fans a few years ago. Even during his first tournaments in Santos Laguna he didn’t attract much attention. Little by little, the spotlights were arriving. The title with Pachuca in Liga MX, after losing two finals, put his name among the candidates to succeed Gerardo Martino when the 2022 Qatar World Cup ends -although it is strange, because Martino has never said if he wants to continue or not-.
There is no other question Almada is asked these days. In Mexico and in his country, Uruguay, the helmsman is questioned about his options to lead the tricolor team. He does not hide it, he has among his plans to be at the head of the tricolor. Even at the cost of ultra-nationalist criticism from one of the most strident voices in the Mexican media.
“It is a compliment to be named to lead the Mexican National Team. In a country as nationalistic as Mexico, That the press repeats all the time that I have to lead the National Team is a great compliment. Hugo Sánchez says that the DT has to be Mexican because he wants to manage it, “said the coach for Radio Sport 890 of Uruguay. Hugol He has been clear in his position: no foreigner should direct the Mexican National Team.
Hugo Sánchez has made that mantra an eternal chant: he repeats it almost as much as his evocation of when he played for Real Madrid. And mainly in the last two cycles, when the national bench has belonged to coaches from other countries: Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio and Argentine Tata Martino. Hugo does not do very well to criticize the work of those mentioned, as in theory it should be done: he prefers to go on a personal level and, in both cases, he decided to disqualify them simply because of their nationality.
The Pentawho suffered racism in his own flesh, who was shouted ‘Indian’ in his first time in Spain, has seen fit to get used to saying that El Tri should be run by a Mexican. Nothing more because yes, because Mexico has to be for Mexicans. His most “football” argument is that all the teams that have been world champions, in history, have always been led by someone born in that same country. But Mexico has never been a power, and being a power (that is, having many top-level players) is a key requirement to be world champion.
Before worrying about the color of the passports, you should see the quality. Could anyone say that Miguel Herrera is a better coach than Josep Guardiola simply because he is Mexican? And if they gave the fans a choice, who would they prefer: Hugo Sánchez or Marcelo Bielsa? The world abounds with many examples of coaches of a different nationality than the country in which they work and who, in any case, have provided great results.
Colombia never played a Fifth Match until they were led by the Argentine José Pekérman (in fact, two presidents of that country offered him nationality in gratitude; he did not accept) and Costa Rica reached that same stage led by the Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto. There were no absurd nationalisms: simply quality and work.
It is a mystery to know if Guillermo Almada will one day lead the Mexican National Team. Perhaps the Federation will opt for another name. In any case, if his name is there it is because he meets the merits and his appointment would not be unreasonable for anyone. Meanwhile, what is a fact is that he put Hugo Sánchez in his place for the first time in a long time.