Is Eriksson the right man for Mexico?

May 30, 2008

Sven salutes the crowdSven-Goran Eriksson has not even been sacked by Manchester City, yet he already finds himself under fire in Mexico where he is widely expected to be named as the replacement for Hugo Sanchez.

Despite leading Manchester City to a respectable ninth place in the Premiership, it’s been widely reported that Eriksson is facing the chop and at the Mexican Federation they are optimistic about naming him as their new coach as early as Monday.

Striker Jared Borgetti, who has scored a record 43 goals for Mexico, said in a surprisingly outspoken interview this week that the Mexican FA were trying to grab worldwide attention for themselves rather than concentrating on strictly football matters.

Borgetti said that if Mexico want to try their luck with a European coach, then they should appoint him when he has time to experiment and get to understand the psyche of their players.

But with the tortuous CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers just around the corner, Borgetti says Mexico needs a local coach who is familiar with the hostile atmosphere in Central America and the bumpy pitches and physical encounters of the Caribbean.

“I’m not talking about the standard, but in the way you take on the other teams. It’s not just about football, you have to face other things. When you go to play in Central America and the Caribbean, the conditions are very different to Europe,” he said.

The last European coach to try his luck with a Latin American national side was Italy’s Cesare Maldini, who was appointed to lead Paraguay at the 2002 World Cup.

It was not a happy experience.

During his six months in charge, Maldini was criticised for spending more time in Italy than in Paraguay and local coaches called for him to be kicked out the country because they said he was working on a tourist visa.

After the World Cup, goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert said the players had spoken to each other in Guarani so that Maldini could not understand them and had ignored his instructions for the second half of the group match against Slovenia, which Paraguay won 3-1 to reach the last sixteen.

PHOTO: Eriksson waves to the crowd after Manchester City’s friendly against South China Athletics Association Team at Hong Kong stadium, May 22, 2008. REUTERS/Victor Fraile


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Posted by Soccer Camps » Blog Archive » Is Eriksson the right man for Mexico? | Report as abusive

I think Sven would be able to adapt very well to the rough conditions that the Mexico post would entail.He is the ultimate pro and will get results no matter what team he is in charge of. If you want to hear some soccer music come to

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Why does Jared Borgetti make Eriksson’s nationality an issue? Does he once mention Eriksson’s professional experience? I would remind those that don’t want a foreigner as Mexico coach.

How far did Mexico go with -Argentinean- La Volpe?

How many games or trophies did Mexico win with -Mexican- manager Hugo Sanchez? Hugo Sanchez couldn’t even make Mexico beat its eternal rivals, USA in 2 games. Sanchez then couldn’t manage the unhappy dressing room. Even captain Rafa Marquez didn’t want to stay and play the last match at the Copa America.

Posted by Monica 08 | Report as abusive

I think Mexico is actually in need a coach like Erikssons. Mexicans are improving a lot and good European coach like him could help.

Just gotta wait and see

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Posted by soccer nation | Report as abusive

Yes. I think Mexico can look forward to a quarter final place in South Africa in 2010. However, despite a solid first-half performance and a narrow, but deserved lead at half-time, the opposing manager will make a telling tactical change. Eriksson will react by not reacting and Mexico will exit the competition with a feeble second-half display.
He’ll get Mexico to the next level, but Eriksson’s teams don’t seem to be able to build on promising starts nowadays.

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