Tigres’ Ferretti offers to lead Mexico on interim basis

Tigres manager Ricardo Ferretti (pictured) has offered to coach Mexico on an interim basis. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – Liga MX side Tigres announced Friday that head coach Ricardo Ferretti declined an invitation from the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) to become head coach of the national team.

The 61-year-old, however, has offered to take charge of the side on an interim basis for upcoming games, starting with friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago (September 4 in Sandy, Utah, USA) and Argentina (September 8 in Arlington, Texas, USA), as well as the playoff against the United States for a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (October 10 in Pasadena, California).

"It will always be a cause of joy for us that our key people have opportunities for growth and recognition,” said Tigres president Alejandro Rodriguez Miechielsen.

In the event that the FMF accepts the proposal, Ferretti would be expected to rejoin Tigres afterwards.

Tigres, which finished as runner-up to River Plate in the recently completed Copa Libertadores, won its 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League opener against Isidro Metapan, 2-1, on Tuesday.