Alex Mott

Hugo Sánchez refuses to back Tata Martino as Mexico boss

Mexico's greatest ever player has revealed why he won't be cheering on El Tri

Mexican football legend Hugo Sánchez has insisted that he will not give his backing to new national team boss Tata Martino.

The Argentine tactician was, on Tuesday, confirmed as the new coach of El Tri, succeeding Juan Carlos Osorio.

But Sánchez, who played 58 times for Mexico and scored 29 times, has claimed that he won’t accept the former Barcelona manager as leader of the national team due to his South American heritage.

“As a person and as a professional he has my respect,” Sánchez told ESPN.

“But I think if you lead Mexican football then you should come from our league.

“That is my position and I will always defend it.”

Martino’s first match will be against Chile in March.