The FIFA web site is reporting that Sven-Goran Eriksson has been sacked as Mexico’s national team coach following a disappointing 3-1 loss to Honduras in a 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa qualifier Wednesday.
Wednesday’s defeat was Mexico’s second loss in three matches in the final phase of qualifying in North, Central America and the Caribbean, coming hot on the heels of a reverse to the United States sandwiched by a home success over Costa Rica at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Eriksson had acknowledged before the Costa Rica encounter that he knew he was under pressure to deliver with media predicting his days were numbered after just 13 matches at the helm.
The midweek loss in San Pedro Sula was only the latest in a series of poor showings on the road.
“This morning we had a meeting with Mr. Eriksson and we told him his spell with the Mexican team had come to an end,” added Compean. The decision was made because we could not risk Mexico’s participation in the World Cup,” said federation president Justino Compean, who, noting poor away form, added it was not sufficient to rely wholly on winning home matches. “
Eriksson, who angered supporters by bringing four foreign-born players into the squad, said he regretted not having longer to prove his credentials. “I enjoyed the work, the country, everything. Sooner or later patience runs out,” said Eriksson, who won a swathe of honours with IFK Gothenburg in his homeland before further successes with Portugal’s Benfica and then in Italy with AS Roma, Sampdoria and Lazio, with whom he won Serie A prior to taking the England job.
“It’s a shame because I always thought I would be in the Mexico dugout for a World Cup as Mexico are going to qualify,” said the Swede, who readily admitted that poor away showings were to blame. “We did not play well away from home and this is my responsibility.”
Compean said a replacement would be lined up within days with the Mexician media quickly putting their money on former boss Javier Aguirre, who recently left Atletico Madrid, with Jose Manuel de la Torre of Mexican champions Toluca another name in the frame.