Soccer  > General Soccer  > Aguirre steps down as manager of Mexico
July 1, 2010, 10:21 AM
MEXICO CITY -- Javier Aguirre formally resigned as manager of the Mexican national team on Wednesday, fulfilling a vow he made in February and taking full responsibility for El Tri's latest failure to get past the second round at the World Cup.

"I am the person responsible," the 51-year-old Aguirre said. "I believe that I have to step down, it's the honest thing to do. The promise was to reach the quarterfinals. I hope that whoever starts the next cycle can complete it."

Aguirre resigned three days after Mexico's elimination, appearing at a press conference at the Mexican football federation's Centro Alto de Rendimiento training facility along with FMF President Justino Compean, General Secretary Decio de Maria and Director of National Teams Nestor de la Torre.

"I'm in debt with the fans, with the players and with you all," he said to the reporters present. "I didn't achieve the goal. All the national team coaches, from 1990 until now, all of the coaches that have coached el Tri, we're all in debt.

"It's a mutual agreement. We didn't achieve the object, thus continuity isn't the best idea. It's not that I am turning down an offer. I don't have any job offers. The people that represent me will look for them. I think it's probable that I don't coach this next season, it doesn't sound bad, and rest wouldn't be a bad thing.

It was the fifth consecutive time Mexico had failed to advance past the second round, and the second straight it was eliminated by Argentina, losing 3-1 on Sunday. It has reached the quarterfinals twice, in 1970 and 1986 - both when it hosted the World Cup.

Compeon refused to identify any potential replacements, although media speculation is rampant that Toluca manager Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre - the brother of Nestor de la Torre - is the leading candidate.

"The National Team Committee is going to meet next week," Compeon said. "We will be putting together proposals that will be viewed first by the committee and then by the Assembly of Owners.

With players such as Carlos Vela, Giovanni Dos Santos, Efrain Juarez and Pablo Barrera - Mexico's "Golden Generation" - El Tri was considered to have it most talented team in several decades.

"There's a group of 10 youngsters, if everything goes logically, that will be the core of the team for the 2014 World Cup," Aguirre said. "We have a really good generation of ten players that are 21 and 22 already in the team, six or seven that are starters. Additionally, there are others that didn't go to the World Cup but are very talented."
July 1, 2010  12:04 PM ET

They may be talented but they're young and still have a lot to learn. I don't think the manager could have done much better given the opposition. Very few teams could've beaten Argentina and I believe they're going all the way to the finals!


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