Sven Goran Eriksson has backed Mexico to qualify for next year’s World Cup despite being sacked as their manager.
The former England coach was dismissed due to their poor away form in their efforts to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals, form that sees the nation fourth in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.
Having already lost 2-0 away to USA in February, Mexico were defeated 3-1 away from home by Honduras this week, convincing president Justino Compean’s to dismiss the Swede.
Eriksson, who is now expected to try and engineer a return to an English Premier League club, was not bitter about his dismissal and instead wished the team luck in their remaining qualifying games.
“We had a meeting this morning and the president of the Mexican federation told me that my job was over,” said Eriksson.
“From a personal point of view I regret it, since I like the job. I like the whole country. I like its people.
“The president told me today that the reasons for my sacking were the results abroad and I can’t argue against that.
“We’ve lost two games in this qualifying round against the USA and Honduras. That’s how things stand.
“I understand that sooner or later the patience of your people and the federation would end. I feel sad because I always thought I’d be sitting on Mexico’s bench at the World Cup.”
Eriksson’s personal manager Athole Still said: ”I would think there will be plenty of offers for him. He would love to work in England again, I know that for a fact.
”I would say yes, his first choice would be a good Premier League club in England where he has a challenge. That would be his choice, I’m quite sure.”