Miguel Herrera Fired After Altercation With Reporter

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Miguel Herrera’s (right) time with Mexico is over.

Everyone’s favorite CONCACAF coach has been has been shown the exit door.

Days after leading Mexico to Gold Cup glory, Miguel Herrera has been released because of an incident involving a TV reporter.

Herrera was involved in an altercation with TV Azteca’s Christian Martinoli at the Philadelphia airport less than 24 hours after Mexico defeated Jamaica 3-1.

According to Goal.com, “Martinoli, who has been critical of Herrera this summer during Mexico’s Copa America and Gold Cup runs, told AS Mexico that he ran into the Mexico national team when he got past security at the airport. There, Herrera allegedly punched him in the neck, then challenged him to a fight outside.”

Herrara has denied the reporter’s claim, reiterating that he only pushed Martinoli.

“I pushed him,” Herrera said. “We were arguing and I pushed him.”

Martinoli’s employers released a statement encouraging the Mexican National Team’s governing body to conduct an investigation.
“The behavior of the manager of the national team is strange to us and worries us enormously,” the statement read. “The Federacion Mexicana de Futbol shouldn’t allow attacks like that suffered by our partner Christian Martinoli at the hands of Mr. Herrera.

“Our country needs brave journalists, who are able to share their opinions and who enjoy the freedom of doing so without being attacked,” the statement continued. “Mexico needs more liberty, more public debate and less violence.”

Herrera’s statement wasn’t good enough as the Mexican Federation yielded to TV Azteca’s demands.

Herrera was first hired on interim bases on Oct. 18, 2013. He became the head coach less than two months later after safely guiding Mexico to the World Cup.

Herrera’s sideline antics and energetic celebrations captivated the world in Brazil and he became somewhat of a cult hero. He guided his side through a tough group that included Brazil and Croatia, but watched in despair as his side was eliminated by Netherlands in controversial fashion in the round of 16.

The next couple of months were tougher for Herrera as his side failed to live up to expectations. Injuries forced him to rotate new faces into his squad and even when healthy, his players underperformed.

He was placed on the hot seat after Mexico failed to make an impact in the Copa America earlier this summer.

However, after winning the Gold Cup without star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, many thought Herrera’s job was safe. But the incident with Martinoli gave the Mexican board a perfect excuse to fire him.

With a huge match to determine who will represent CONCACAF at Confederation’s Cup against archrival U.S. just over two months away, Mexico has to find Herrera’s replacement in the next few weeks.

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