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Rumour: Benjamin Mora To Be Named York United Head Coach

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Within one week of York United parting ways with head coach Martin Nash, the club is reportedly set to name Mexico’s Benjamin Mora as the team’s third-ever head coach.

Journalist David Medrano has tipped the 44-year-old former Atlas boss for the spot. Interestingly, Mora does follow the likes of the CPL and OneSoccer on Instagram, but not York United itself.

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Mora’s coaching career was most successful in Malaysia, where he picked up Malaysian Super League honours and multiple Charity Shields during two stints in charge of Johor Darul Ta’zim, also helping assist the team between his two terms as head coach. More recently, the club made history under Mora as the first Malaysian team to reach the AFC Champions League Round of 16 back in 2022.

Nash’s rumoured successor most recently coached with Liga MX side Atlas, landing in the hotseat for one year before being let go last October after the club fell to thirteenth during what Mora described as a ‘significant slump’ of results. His first head coach gig was also in Mexico, first with the Tijuana reserves and then assisting with Queretaro and Atlante before leading lower division side Atletico Chiapas for one season.

York United Owners Pasquel Family
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Mora’s potential move comes as the first head coach hire under the Pasquel Brothers, who purchased York United from Canadian Soccer Business back in November. They’ve instilled a number of their countrymen throughout, with Ricardo Pasquel himself replacing Angus McNab, while Jorge Villalpando has been named technical director and a trio of player signings came in from Mexico.

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It’s also worth noting that the club’s interim head coach Mauro Eustaquio and goalkeeper coach Camilo Benzi are both fluent in Spanish, with Ricardo Pasquel clarifying the duo will stay in place to support the owners’ new head coach hire.

Sources have told Northern Tribune that the Pasquels had looked into replacing Martin Nash – who just had his contracted extended in December – as far back as one month ago, which could be why the timeline to name a new successor is so short: speaking with media last week, Ricardo stated that the new hire would be unveiled not long after next weekend’s match against Forge.

York United Mauro Eustaquio
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While the co-owner stated that coaches in Canada and the United States had been listed as candidates, the general sentiment was that a Mexican head coach was the favoured addition. Ricardo wants to instill a head coach who plays with the ball on the ground and finds ways to both maximize roster strengths while minimizing weaknesses, too.

Martin Nash’s sacking came with the club in fifth place, with his departure stemming from a difference in football philosophy versus particular results. Mauro Eustaquio filled in for Nash this weekend, recording a 2-1 win over the Halifax Wanderers.

At the time of publication, York United had yet to comment on the rumour.

Header Image Photo Credit: Johor Darul Ta’zim II FC

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