Javier Aguirre has announced his resignation as Mexican coach following largely, disappointing World Cup campaign. He was tasked with taking Mexico at least into the quarter finals but alike the previous four World Cup tournaments the team was unable to get past the 2nd round (last 16).
Mexico were eliminated from the tournament on Sunday when they lost 3 – 1 to Argentina.
Aguirre or “El Vasco” (The Bosque) had previously led Mexico to the World Cup in South Korea/Japan in 2002 where they were eliminated to the United States. This time around Aguirre was hired to salvage a disastrous qualification campaign which had severely, faltered under the management mercenary Sven Goren Erikkson. He quickly turned around Mexico’s fortunes qualifying in 2nd position and in the process revitalizing the nation’s prospects.
Despite recording a historic win against the French in this year’s tournament Mexico have never played at their full potential. A disappointing draw with hosts South Africa (null-1) and a poor defeat to Uruguay (null-1) together with the French win guaranteed 1st round qualification. Mexico sparkled in moments but generally were poor. A fact not lost on the former Mexican player who explained;
“I’m the person responsible. The plan was to be among the best eight in the world.
We didn’t qualify for the next round, and because of this one can consider it a failure.”
Aguirre has received a fair amount of criticism during this tournament. His predilection for favouring experience over youth led to continued inclusion of Guillermo Franco and Cuautemoc Blanco. The aged strikers continually missed their chances to score and wasted numerous chances. While all the time Javier Hernandez and Pablo Barrera watched from the sidelines.
Mexico will now have to seek the services of a 5th coach in five years and Aguirre somewhat mindful of this wanted to provide his successor with a full four years before Brazil 2014.
“I have to leave, it’s the most honest thing to do,” said Aguirre on Wednesday. “Everything I did, I did thinking of the well-being of Mexico. The future is now in the hands of our young players.”
The young players he refers to are the likes of Javier Hernandez, The Dos Santos brothers: Giovani and Jonathon, and Carlos Vela.
If he had realized this fact 4 weeks ago he probably would be still Mexican coach.