After placing 3rd in the COCACAF Nations League, Mexico coach and director have resigned from their positions
The Mexican football federation (FMF) announced on Monday that Mexico coach Diego Cocca and director of national teams Rodrigo Ares De Parga have stepped down from their positions. This news comes just days before the CONCACAF Gold Cup is set to begin.
The announcement follows Mexico’s victory over Panama in the CONCACAF Nations League bronze medal match, which came after a 3-0 loss to the United States in the semi-finals. The United States ultimately retained their title.
The FMF has declared that Jaime Lozano, who guided Mexico to a bronze medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, will assume the role of interim manager.
“We thank Rodrigo and Diego for their work and dedication during this time and wish them every success in their future projects,” FMF added in a statement.
Ares de Parga and Cocca were recently appointed by FMF in February following Mexico’s elimination in the World Cup group stage last year, which was the first time since 1978.
Cocca’s contract was set until the 2026 World Cup, but it was reported that his position depended on Mexico’s performance in this year’s continental tournaments.
In the Gold Cup, Mexico will start their campaign in Group B against Honduras, aiming to win the tournament after losing to the U.S. in the final in 2021.