swede's reign over

Eriksson sacked as Mexico coach after latest loss

April 2, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been sacked as Mexico coach after an embarassing 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Honduras on Wednesday.

GettyImagesThe Swede did not last long.

The former England coach has been told to leave his job by the Mexican Football Federation after failing to impress in the qualifying campaign. President Justino Compeán confirmed the news on Thursday at a press conference: ''This morning we said we had to take some measures because we could not take risks with qualification for the World Cup, and we could not rely solely on results at the Estadio Azteca.

''This morning we had a meeting with Mr Eriksson and although it is a shame for me and a lot of people, we told Mr Eriksson that his spell with the national team was over.''

Asked about Eriksson's possible successor, Nestor de la Torre, director of the Committee of National Teams, added: ''At the right moment we'll announce the next step, but we ask the media to wait a little bit to know what is going to happen.

''Personally, I want to thank Mr Eriksson.''

Eriksson's personal manager Athole Still admits the politics of Mexican football did not help his client's cause - and revealed a return to England may be on the cards.

''I personally never wanted him to take the job,'' Still told Radio Five. ''I knew and had been warned that it's just a hot-house of politicising. I would think there will be plenty of offers for him.

''He would love to work in England again, I know that for a fact. I would say yes, his first choice would be a good Premier League club in England where he has a challenge. That would be his choice, I'm quite sure.''

The axe has been hanging over the Swedish boss' head for some time and it has been claimed that former Atlético de Madrid coach Javier Aguirre will take over as coach, although this was not confirmed.

Eriksson was appointed last June to replace Hugo Sanchez, who himself lasted only 16 months in the job and has been constantly linked with the Portsmouth job after the exit of Tony Adams.

Mexico have dropped to fourth in the six-team group which forms the final stage of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. If they finish there, they would have to play off against the fifth team from South America for a World Cup place.

The top three teams in the group - currently United States, Costa Rica and Honduras - qualify directly.

Mexico have a 100 percent record in competitive home matches under Eriksson but have drawn one and lost four in their five away games. Wednesday's defeat was their second in Honduras and they have also lost in Jamaica and the United States.