Javier Aguirre: My Future Is In Europe

Former Mexico coach shoots down a possible return to El Tri and throws his full support behind Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Former Mexico national team coach Javier Aguirre said in Mexico City on Sunday that he has no intentions of pursuing his former post and made clear his intentions of returning to coach in the Old World.

Mexico opened the Hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 loss to the U.S. on Feb. 11 and have now lost three and tied once in their last four qualifying matches. Consequently, Sven-Goran Eriksson has fallen out of favor within much of the Mexican media.

Despite the continued backing of the Mexican Football Federation, however, speculation over Eriksson's job permanence lingers. Aguirre did his best to quell such rumors.

"I am here for other reasons, nothing to do with soccer," Aguirre said in Mexico City on Sunday. "We need to give our full support to the Mexican national team. It is well coached and the only thing I can do is to wish the team success in qualifying."

Aguirre has already been a bit of a savior once. In 2001, Mexico started off the Hexagonal with a 1-3-1 record and had just four points through five games, including a disastrous 2-1 loss to Costa Rica in Estadio Azteca. Then-coach Enrique Meza departed and Aguirre stepped in. In his first game, Aguirre beat the United States 1-0 in Azteca, then went on to claim victories over Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. El Tri closed out the campaign with a draw at Costa Rica and a 3-0 win over Honduras to secure a spot in the 2002 World Cup.

Although the history is one that could easily lead to speculation over whether it can or should be repeated, Aguirre said he wants no part of it. Despite his recent sacking by Atletico Madrid, Aguirre said he wants to manage a club in Spain or perhaps England.

"My future is over there. I am on vacation here in Mexico and hoping for an offer," Aguirre said. "There is nothing from the Mexican national team save for continued hope that the team will do well. I believe it is in good hands."