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Aguirre resigns from Mexico post

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Javier Aguirre resigned as Mexico national team head coach on Wednesday following El Tri's elimination from the World Cup.

Aguirre took responsibility for the 3-1 loss to Argentina, a loss that marked the fifth consecutive World Cup that Mexico was unable to win a game in the second round of the World Cup.

Aguirre replaced Sven-Goran Eriksson for his second stint as Mexico coach in April 2009 after the Mexicans struggled in the opening rounds of World Cup qualifying. Aguirre led Mexico to a second-place finish in CONCACAF and in Group A at the World Cup.

What do you think of Aguirre resigning? How would you rate his latest stint with El Tri? Who do you think will be the next Mexico head coach?

Share your thoughts below.

97 comments
  • Frank

    Great Post. People here know nothing about Mexican soccer. Aguirre saved Mexico’s world cup qualifying but screwed up big time in the world cup. Why start Perez after Ochoa had been starting all qualifying? Why bring slow overweight Bofo instead of Jonathan Dos Santos? Why not start Guardado every game? Why switch formations two games before the world cup. Why not start Moreno ahead of Osorio against Argentina. And lastly whey the fck not start Hernandez over injured Franco? All us Mexican fans are excited to see him leave. In Mexican polls only 10% wanted him to stay. Mexico had the talent to go far in South Africa. Aguirre had a bad gameplan against Uruguay that caused us to finish second and face Argentina. And Ochoa is the best goalkeeper in Mexico period. Aguirre Out!

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  • Frank

    And the US is? I would rather lose to Argentina than Ghana any day. Unbelievable.

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  • Frank

    Nice post. Totally agree. Mexico will be the class of CONCACAF starting with next years Gold Cup. I am willing to bet my house on it.

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  • Mig22

    If I get a vote, I’d say that soccer fans should never be allowed a vote. At least not one that counts. It’s just noise obscuring a signal. Nobody, including a randomly typing monkey, is less qualified to pick a team coach as one of that team’s fan(atic)s.

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  • art37

    Bielsa is brilliant. I think he is best suited to coach the USMNT. The US players have the right level of discipline to apply a Bielsa strategy flawlessly in every single game. He would do a great job with USMNT. Problem is the leadership needs to have the balls to get rid of Bradley and bigger balls to go after the right coach. Ain’t going to happen. USMNT will continue to be mediocre but its not thier fault. The leadership is not there.

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  • Ron

    Bielsa works for Mexico.. his tactics are perfectly aligned with the way mexicans like there team.. fast, attacking and fast.

    I’m not sure he would be a good fit for us.

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  • Keith

    Aguirre did a great job preparing Mexico for this WC. They played a lot of tough friendlies in Europe before going to South Africa. I like this current Mexican team a lot more than the ones they fielded the past few years. More professional, and with much more international experience. They looked very dangerous against Argentina until that first goal, and could have easily led or tied in the first half. If the Mexican national team continues to play with that much class and confidence in the future, they’ll be my second favorite CONCACAF team. Most of all, I’d like to see the US – Mexico rivalry turn into one of mutual respect than mutual hatred.

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  • art37

    Have to agree with Frank on the quality of the Mexican team. The players I mentioned are all under 23 add those that went to the World Cup but didn’t play (Ochoa, magallon, vela, etc) are also under 23. The team has time to mature and will be unbeatable. Although, I have to admit its a shame that they were so mismanaged by Aguirre who bet on the veterans instead of youth.

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  • JM

    Frankly, I think this generation of Mexicans is much better than their performances would suggest.

    If they find a top coach, and someone to play in goal, they are going to be very tough over this next cycle.

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  • JustSayin

    The only team that will beat Argentina in this WC is FC Maradona.

    Hopefully Holland will hand Brazil their butts, given that their midfield starters are mostly injured. There may never be a better chance for the Brilliant Orange to reach the potential everyone has talked about since WC ’74.

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  • De Maria

    You obviously NEVER saw his performance in Copa America especially vs. Brasil, and you obviously NEVER heard Marcelo Bielsa calling him precisely that, ‘a World Class goalkeeper’ after Mexicos friendly vs. Chile at Azteca no more than a month ago. Is it possible Bielsa knows a little more about World Class than you?

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  • Maitor

    Javier Aguirre is the kind of guy you’d love to sit down and have a beer with! Stories all around, the ability to change his vernacular depending on who he’s with and the kind of repartee that allows him to be friends with the President of Mexico or an up and coming player. He’s also extremely hard headed, loyal to his interests and married to his convictions.
    I think that he became too enamored of his prowess as a great tactician and sacrificed the collective good of the team. I think he played into Maradona hands by his bizarre decisions in that final game. Marquez should have never gone back to CB, Bofo should have never played, and Blanco should have gone in as a sub because that’s what he’d been doing, and for reasons I can’t explain it just worked for Mexico!
    People can criticise after the fact, but Javier Aguirre qualified Mexico two times when ALL was lost. Let’s hope we don’t need him in four years time to throw the life vest once again, because I have a feeling that this time he won’t oblige.

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  • Jammer

    The point isn’t that US is better, the point is that American fans and media are happier with the results i.e. more realistic. But I disagree that Mexico isn’t a top 20 team.

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  • Eurosnob

    Mexico could not even beat South Africa, let alone Ghana. And to have an easier draw in the elimination round, you have to win your group, which Mexico failed to do. It’s that simple.

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  • Oranje Mike

    I could care less who Mexico hires as coach. As long as they lose I am happy.

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  • Eurosnob

    I agree. Their exit is not Aguirre’s fault. To the contrary, Aguirre is the primary reason why they made it to the world cup in the first place.

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  • Second City

    You obviously NEVER coached a national team.

    Seeing as Aguirre has (twice), I’ll side with his opinion. Remind me again how many starts/minutes this World Class keeper attained in South Africa?

    Is it possible Aguirre knows a lot more about World Class than you?

    Answer: Yes

    Seriously, the manager preferred Oscar Perez above him. [insert laughter]

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  • Eurosnob

    Art, you have a very short memory. Mexico was in total disarray before Aguirre took over. He is a good coach, possibly the best Mexican coach available. Before he took over the team, the players you mentioned lost to US 2-0, Honduras 3-1 and to El Salvador 2-1 and would have been out of the world cup if he did not turn the team around. I am not a fan of Mexican team, but I will give the credit where it is due – Aguirre is good coach.

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  • UhOk

    Ugh where have you been Frank? Under a rock?

    Mexican fans think they’re a super power in “futbol”. You didnt get that memo?

    They’re as delusional as England but at least England has a legitimate argument to win a World Cup in their only national sport.

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  • UhOk

    They’ve had about a hundred year head start on the States and that lead has all but vanished already in our 5th national sport.

    Good luck living out of a cardboard box.

    -CONCACAF-
    1.USA
    2.Mexico
    3.The Rest

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  • joejoe

    Aguirre failed.

    He picked Bofo Bautista, and did not even considered Pavel Pardo or Antonio Naelson.

    He left Guardado on the bench for long periods of time.

    He failed to recognize and exploit Javier Hernández abilities. Javier only started on the last game. He ended having two goals. Franco started on three games and was totally ineffective.

    He started Blanco in the game against Uruguay and Bautista in the one against Argentina. Both were too slow and worthless on the pitch.

    Mexico has a good core of players. They can beat any team out there. But they need a new a new coach that can recognize his players’ strengths and weaknesses.

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  • wildchild

    joe, joe, totally agree, except for the part about Blando.

    Mexico are good, good enough to take it all. anyone who says otherwise is retarded, blind, both or a racist.

    sitting Guardado shows that Aguirre wasn’t in the loop.

    kinda like Bradley sitting Buddle and Gomez.

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  • sir coble

    barcelona dos santos, the giovanni we all know and fear is currently loaned out by tottenahm. We need some 1/2 brazilian brothers on our team!

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  • Daniel

    You should check the foundation date for the Mexican and the American soccer federation. You will be surprised…

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  • DC Josh

    Mexico has a serious chance of leapfrogging USA this world cup cycle. They have an amazing group of youngsters. All they need is a good coach to lead them. I thought they peaked at the right time and were playing fantastic football. They should have been up 2-0 in the first 20 minutes against Argentina. I still hate their guts but this World Cup cycle will be a brawl. I can’t wait.

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  • DC Josh

    Agree about his personnel choices. El Chicharito scored 2 goals in 60 minutes. He should have been starting. And benching Guardardo, arguably their Landon Donovan, is beyond me.

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  • Carlos

    Mexico didn’t just play South Africa, it was the opening match of the WC against the host nation! Don’t try to excuse the fact that the US was in the easiest of all groups, and barely made it out, just to be sent home by Ghana!…Ghana vs. Agentina? Not even close!!!

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  • BooThisMan

    In the fourth round, sure, there’s no shame in losing to US and Honduras on the road. But you’re forgetting that in the third round, Mexico finished second to Honduras, and barely scraped by Jamaica on goal differential. In contrast, the US finished 10 points clear of third-place Guatemala in their group. Mexico was clearly underachieving under SGE.

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  • Jose

    Aguirre did a good job considering that Mexico was looking like they might not even qualify for the WC. So to go from not qualifying to losing to Argentina in the WC, I say that wasn’t too bad. But I bet Aguirre is leaving since he probably doesn’t want to deal with some of the players antics like Dos Santos and his dad, Nery Castillo, etc.

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  • Juancho

    LMAO time to wake up.

    Delusional Spazzo

    Can’t wait for the Gold Cup again.

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  • Ja Ja James

    This has always been the issue for Mexico. This may sound sacrilege, but I feel that Mexico is highly more technical and their first touch much better than the U.S. team. In order to beat them, all you need to do is frustrate them and good things will happen. The Argentine game once again showed this. No doubt that the opening goal should not have counted, but leaders of the team (hmm..Marquez?) needed to get then team refocused, but as you mentioned, they remained mental and gave up an easy goal. At the end of half, rather than go into the locker room with purpose, the Mexicans mixed it up with the Argentines and who was in the middle of the fray? Blanco. Game over!

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  • UhOk

    Yep, you won’t be facing our C team next time around.

    See ya here when the Cup rolls around, Hauncho.

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  • UhOk

    Grown men don’t call other grown men ” Chicarito ”

    *Man-Card revoked*

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  • Robert Palacios

    And Mexico will not be sending out what at that point was essentially their B team, which later became their A team! Honestly dude, the dos a cero fun is in the past, and the US will probably have to wait another 50 years to get such an easy draw in a WC!

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  • Salchipapa619

    Does anyone care? RATONES VERDE SUCK! He is a fraud! He lived in Miami while coaching the Green Rats! But the kicker is that he was doing commercials promoting that Mexico is getting safer and a great place to be! All the while, he has stated he wants to go back to Europe for safety concerns and lived in Miami! Some Mexican Pride!!!! The writing was on the wall when they lost to Uruguay and some players did not speak to the media after that loss!

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  • Jose Luis Rubio

    You’re full of crap. The commercials he did has nothing to do with Mexico being safe or a great place to be, it has to do with th fact that every 100 years something of major proportions changes our country in tangible ways. So he lives part-time in in Miami…SO WHAT? I live in Miami and am Mexican, you got a problem with it? And it’s neither Ratones Verde, nor Green Rats, it’s Ratones VERDES or Green MICE! A Mexican newspaper columnist Manuel Seyde came up with the nickname during the ’66WC, and sometimes we use it when we criticize our team because we feel like it, got a problem with it?
    Mexico plays beautiful attacking soccer and is a pleasure to watch, and as you can see more than 90 people opined about Aguirres departure, so your question ‘does anyone care’ is sophomoric!
    I can’t believe I’m answering to someone who hides behind the stupidest moniker of all…Wienerfry!!!

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