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York United Benjamin Mora

York United Names Benjamin Mora As Nash’s Successor

By on June 4, 2024 0 925 Views

York United has tasked former Atlas head coach Benjamin Mora to take the reigns following the departure of Martin Nash just two weeks ago.

The 44-year-old Mexican boss was just unveiled the club this afternoon, but had been a largely expected arrival after rumours of the move came out of his homeland just a few days after the position officially opened.

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The new Nine Stripes gaffer had a year-long stint with Liga MX’s Atlas. He left the side in thirteenth place last October, a position they would not improve from following his departure.

York United Benjamin Mora
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Mora’s most successful coaching stint occurred prior to that in Malaysia, where he picked up Malaysian Super League honours and multiple Charity Shields during two stints in charge of Johor Darul Ta’zim. Under his guidance, the club made history as the first Malaysian team to reach the AFC Champions League Round of 16 back in 2022.

The start of his coaching career saw him lead the Tijuana reserves and assist both Queretaro and Atlante before leading lower division side Atletico Chiapas for one season. His new chapter with York United marks his first North American coaching job outside of Mexico.

York United Brian Wright Dennis Salanovic
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York United has been helmed by assistant coach Mauro Eustaquio over the last two matches, recording a win over Halifax before self-inflicted wounds saw them suffer a derby defeat to Forge.

Mora will keep the rest of the coaching staff unchanged this season, with Eustaquio returning to an assistant role and goalkeeper coach Camilo Benzi staying on as well. Both of Mora’s assistants are fluent in Spanish, a factor expected to help him settle at York Lions Stadium.

“This is a club with Mexican owners and I know how they think, what they want, and I know how competitive we are. I am the same,” says Mora. “I’m a man with a lot of dreams and a lot of expectations. If I don’t expect to win then how can I make everyone believe we can? The conversations I’ve had with the club have been exciting and I can’t wait to get started now.”

Rumours that the York United owners had planned to bring a new head coach of their own well ahead of Nash’s firing have persisted, with the club remaining in fifth place since Nash’s sacking on May 21.

“We have been aware of Benjamín’s work for quite some time,” said Ricardo Pasquel in the hiring announcement, stating Mora can bring the team to new heights. “He’s a superb coach with a fascinating football brain. His talent has brought him some incredible success and he’s built a very impressive reputation.”

York United Owners Pasquel Family
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YUFC Club President Ricardo Pasquel wants to see his new gaffer deploy a playstyle that sees the team move quickly and with purpose on the pitch, playing the ball on the ground in an entertaining manner.

“We want to spark a smart team on the pitch, and that’s something that’s easy to say, but it’s very hard to implement,” revealed Ricardo in May, stating that they had parted ways with Nash simply due to differing opinions in football philosophy.

Mora’s first match in charge sees Vancouver FC come to town on Sunday. That’s a team the club thoroughly dispatched at home earlier this season, so it’ll be interesting to see how the squad reacts to the new gaffer.

He becomes the club’s third-ever head coach and its first international, with Jim Brennan and Martin Nash having preceded him in York United’s head coach position.

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