Former El Tri coach Aguirre leaves Espanyol

Former Mexico manager Javier Aguirre is set to leave his post in La Liga.

Mexican manager Javier Aguirre announced he is set to leave from La Liga club Espanyol on Friday.

The former El Tri coach has guided the Catalan side to safety in Spain’s first division and left under a mutual agreement with Espanyol president Joan Collet.

“It’s the best possible decision,” said Aguirre in a press conference. “I give thanks to the fans, who have helped us a lot.”

Collet stated that the Mexican had left a deep imprint on the club and wished Aguirre “all the luck in the world” in his future career.

Aguirre had guided Espanyol to among the team’s challenging for Europe in the first half of this season, but his financially-strapped club dropped this year, although it has already guaranteed its place in La Liga for next season.

The Mexico City native has previous coached Osasuna, Atletico Madrid and Zaragoza in Spain, as well as Atlante and Pachuca in Mexico.

Aguirre is unlikely to be short of offers, with his name linked in recent days to the Japanese national team.