By Richard Parks
Pedro Caixinha has agreed to become the new manager of Mexican club Cruz Azul after agreeing a severance package with Rangers, according to reports.
The Scottish Sun cite Nicolas Romay, a respected Mexico TV and radio pundit as claiming that Caixinha, 46, has an agreement to take over in the second part of the season in 2018.
It is said that Mexico City giants Cruz Azul look to have won the race to land Caixinha after flying out to Portugal to discuss terms with him.
Spaniard Francisco Jemez, who is the current manager of Cruz Azul, is out of contract next month and they appear to have already decided to replace him.
“There is already a pre-agreement reached with Pedro Caixinha to be manager of Cruz Azul for the second part of the season in 2018,” Romay said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “They have met with Caixinha in Portugal and the deal is agreed.
“As soon as Jemez’s contract expires, Caixinha will arrive at the club.”
The Scottish Sun report that a pay-off has been agreed between Rangers and Caixinha as he prepares to relaunch his managerial career.
Football Insider verdict:
Eyebrows may be raised by claims that Caixinha appears to have moved on before the club who sacked him. It is usually the other way round. Caixinha’s stock is high in Mexico after he won the title with Santos Laguna two years ago, but the Mexican league is a relative backwater despite the passion for the game in the central American country. Rangers fans could be forgiven for thinking that Caixinha has found his level, following his difficulty in making a genuine impact during his seven months in the Ibrox hotseat. The Portugese departs Rangers with a fat pay-off and a bigger wallet, but his reputation has not been enhanced and it is hard to see him getting another manager’s job in British football.