Mexico interim coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti will not be in charge of El Tri longer than four games due to his commitments with Mexican League club side Tigres, stated the Brazil-born 61-year-old at his presentation on Monday.
"I don't see any possibility of doing all the [World Cup] process, because I have a commitment with Tigres," he said at a news conference in Mexico City. "I suggested I could help with these four games."
Ferretti takes over on a temporary basis following Miguel Herrera's firing last month for an altercation in Philadelphia International Airport, with the primary goal of winning a ticket to the Confederations Cup by defeating the United States in the Oct. 10 CONCACAF playoff in the Rose Bowl.
"I come with all the excitement in the world," said Ferretti, who will combine the role with his current job at Tigres. "The big commitment is to go for the ticket to the Confederations Cup."
Ferretti was asked repeatedly about why he ruled himself out of the running for the Mexico job on a full-time basis, but he stressed he has been at Tigres for five years and still has three years left on his contract.
The former Pumas coach and his staff -- which includes former El Tri coach Miguel Mejia Baron -- will not be getting paid for their work with Mexico's national team.
"I'm doing it out of gratitude to [Mexican] football, which has given me so much, as a player and as a coach," stated Ferretti, who arrived in Mexico in 1977 to play for Atlas and has been a coach in Mexico's top division for 24 consecutive years.
Ferretti's first squad to face Trinidad and Tobago (Sept. 4) and Argentina (Sept. 8) will be announced on Thursday, with the domestic-based players set to meet up on Sunday in Mexico City.
The new El Tri coach suggested that the bulk of the squad will be made up of players involved in either the Gold Cup or Copa America, but didn't rule out "naturalized" Mexicans.
"If players are naturalized, they are Mexican and there is a possibility [of them getting called up]," stated Ferretti.
He also hinted that Mexican players in Europe that haven't got regular minutes for club sides as of late -- like Guillermo Ochoa and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez -- will be considered.
"It is something that is talked about, but there is a reason they are over there and they don't stop training and preparing," he said.
Unlike his predecessor Herrera, Ferretti indicated he would not be doing many commercials whilst managing Mexico, adding that his time will be taken up getting things right on the field.
For the Mexican federation (FMF), Ferretti's appointment gives them time to select a permanent coach and the search continues.
FMF general secretary Guillermo Cantu said the federation has talked to coaches both in Mexico and outside of the country about the position, but that no offer has yet been made.