Eriksson sacked as Mexico coach (Update)

April 2, 2009


Eight years ago, Mexico lost 3-1 away to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier, sunk by a Carlos Pavon hat-trick, and the defeat cost Enrique Meza his job.

Already under enormous pressure, Meza quit in the dressing room afterwards and has gone on to become a highly successful coach with Pachuca, a friendly club founded by Cornish miners whose modern-day facilities would put many of their European counterparts to shame.

On Wednesday, Mexico lost by the same score against the same opponents in the same stadium in another World Cup qualifier. By a strange coincidence Pavon was on target again, the mercurial striker having been brought back at the age of 35 to replace the injured David Suazo.

The result cost Sven-Goran Eriksson his job.

“This morning we talked to Mr Eriksson and announced his departure,” Mexican Football Federation (FMF) president Justino Compean told a news conference. “It’s a fact results have not been what we expected.”

Eriksson’s future seems to have been in doubt almost since the day he was appointed last June.

Mexico have enjoyed a 100 percent home record in competitive matches under the Swede’s leadership but away results have been terrible with one draw (against Canada), defeat in Jamaica and the U.S. and two losses in Honduras.

Wednesday’s debacle in steamy San Pedro Sula was the final straw.

PHOTO: Sven-Goran Eriksson walks during a practice session in San Pedro Sula March 31, 2009. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


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