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Under-fire Mexico coach De la Torre keeps job

Mexico's coach Jose Manuel de la Torre gestures during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match against Brazil at the Estadio Castelao
Mexico's coach Jose Manuel de la Torre gestures during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match against Brazil at the Estadio Castelao

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre, under fire after a run of poor results, clung on to his job on Monday and was charged with seeing his misfiring team through to next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

De la Torre, whose team failed to defend the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States, would have his position reviewed again after the qualifiers, Justino Compean, president of the Mexican Football Federation, told a news conference.

Mexico had won the last two Gold Cup tournaments but were upset twice by Panama in their opening group match and in their semi-final last week.

"We don't justify the situation but there is still support for the present (coaching) administration," Compean said.

"There were voices who didn't agree ... I still believe (De la Torre's staff) is the best we have to take us to Brazil 2014.

"I asked (the board) for trust in the administration headed by Chepo (De la Torre), who has to recognize his mistakes."

Mexico also had a disappointing Confederations Cup in Brazil in June and have suffered from a chronic shortage of goals.

Expected to reach Brazil with ease, they are struggling in third place in the six-nation final qualifying group with eight points, scoring only three goals in their one win and five draws.

They meet fourth-placed Honduras in Mexico City on September 6 with a warm-up scheduled for August 14 against Ivory Coast.

The teams finishing in the top three places in the group will automatically qualify for the finals. The fourth goes into a playoff against Oceania winners New Zealand.

(Reporting by Carlos Calvo; Writing by Rex Gowar in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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