Geraldo “Tata” Martino: “I am the first responsible for this terrible disappointment and frustration that we have.” (Yukihito Taguchi-USA TODAY Sports)
Mexico is out of the World Cup and Geraldo “Tata” Martino is out of a job.
El Tri crashed out of the tournament on Wednesday, missing the knockout round for the first time in 44 years.
Martino’s contract expired whenever the Mexicans were eliminated.
That happened on Wednesday, despite a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in the third and final group stage match in Qatar. The Mexicans lost out on goal differential.
Martino told FOX Sports’ Rodolfo Landeros that he is no longer under contract with the national team.
Martino called Mexico’s exit a “huge failure.”
Indeed, it was because the last time the team did not reach the knockout round was 1978.
The Mexicans lost out on goal differential as Poland dropped a 2-0 decision to Argentina.
“I am the first responsible for this terrible disappointment and frustration that we have,” Martino said in a news conference. “As the person in charge, it causes a lot of sadness, I fully assume responsibility for this great failure.
“My contract ended as soon as the referee blew the final whistle and there is nothing more to be done.”