Reports emerged from the Spanish-language press on Thursday that the Mexican national team have an agreement in place with outgoing Atlanta United manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino.
The reports, including from Univision, indicate that Martino has a deal for four years with El Tri, and will be unveiled as the new head coach after the end of Atlanta United's season.
Reporter Fernando Cevallos tweeted out a report about the reported salary for Martino, with the mandate for him to lead Mexico to the next World Cup and win the Concacaf Gold Cup.
El contrato del ‘Tata’ Martino con selección mexicana es por cuatro años hasta Qatar 2022 y estaría cobrando 2,2 millones de dólares al año. Objetivos. Primeros objetivos marcados: Ganar Copa Oro y calificar al Mundial.— Fernando Cevallos (@FerCevallosF) November 15, 2018
Martino announced in October he would not be returning to Atlanta United, after helping to launch the team and serving two years as the head coach. Martino has been heavily linked to the Mexico job, among others, for months, but with the El Tri seat remaining vacant, the likelihood he'll be the next coach of the storied program seems to increase.
Of course, the Argentine has unfinished business with Atlanta, who are in the Eastern Conference Championship, where they will face off against the New York Red Bulls with a spot in the 2018 MLS Cup final on the line. Leg 1 of that series will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 25 (5 pm ET | ESPN, TSN, TVAS).