Eriksson all set to become Mexico’s national coach

June 3rd, 2008 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, June 3 (DPA) Sven-Goran Eriksson was in Mexico Monday, reportedly finalising the details of a deal that would make him Mexico’s national football coach. The Swede arrived in Mexico late Sunday, and his most recent club, Manchester City, confirmed Monday that he is to leave the club by mutual consent.

Mexican television showed the coach at a Mexico City hotel, as he awaits a key meeting of the owners of Mexican clubs - the group in charge of picking a national coach - Tuesday.

Speculation had been rife for weeks that the former England manager Eriksson was the favourite to coach Mexico ahead of the South Africa 2010 World Cup, and CNN en Espanol said in mid-May that the Swede had reached a preliminary $9 million deal to coach Mexico.

“We already took our pick with Eriksson,” Mexican Football Federation (FMF) president Justino Compean said last week.

Eriksson, 60, coached England from 2001 to 2006. In 2007 he joined Manchester City on a three-year contract. However, he is to leave two years early, following a review by owner Thaksin Shinawatra of the club’s performance last season.

City began well, and twice beat city rivals Manchester United, but their form declined badly in the second half of the season, culminating in an 8-1 defeat to Middlesbrough on the final day.

It is understood that an official approach has been made by City to Blackburn Rovers about their manager Mark Hughes.

“I have enjoyed my time at Manchester City very much indeed and in particular, I would like to thank the fans, players and staff for their amazing support over the season,” said Eriksson.

“I wish the club, and everyone associated with it, much success in the coming years.”

Mexico had been coached by national football legend Hugo Sanchez since 2006. However, Sanchez was fired in March following poor results including the U-23 side’s failure to obtain a spot at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Interim coach Jesus Ramirez is currently at the helm.

Mexico are to play friendlies with Argentina and Peru in the coming days.

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