A day after a 3-1 defeat to Honduras left Mexico with just 3 points in 3 World Cup qualifiers, Sven-GÃ¶ran Eriksson has been relieved of his duties as Mexico’s manager. From the Scotsman’s Massimo Marzocchi :
Eriksson, 61, was appointed as Hugo Sanchez’s successor in June last year boasting an impressive coaching pedigree. However, the Swede’s decision to call upon Mexican citizens born outside the country was met with fierce criticism, while failure to beat Canada and a 2-0 defeat by rivals the United States in February left his future in doubt.
Federation president Justino Compean said last night: “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.”
Eriksson’s personal manager Athole Still admitted the politics of Mexican football did not help his client’s cause “ and revealed a return to England may be on the cards.
Still said: “I think there will be plenty of offers for him. He would love to work in England again, I know that for a fact.”