"I'm not going to emerge from a phone booth," Aguirre said during his introductory press conference. "I'm here to add something to the team, recover the team's identity and convince people that we can do things together."
In 2001, Aguirre took over during Mexico's sinking World Cup qualifying campaign. Now, he takes over again during a poor qualifying campaign. This time, though, he will have some time to prepare for what he called Mexico's D-Day, a June 6 encounter at El Salvador.
How can Aguirre begin his second go-round successfully? Some suggestions:
• Bring back
• Lay low until June. There are quite a lot of issues with the Mexican national team now, from players' indiscipline to the foreigner debate to
In Mexican soccer, Chivas de Guadalajara represents many things. The club's red-and-white stripes are synonymous with success (a record 11 league championships), popularity (only Club América rivals it) and the republic of Mexico (only a smattering of foreign-born players have ever suited up for Guadalajara).
But continuity isn't one of the the club's redeeming qualities. Neither is stability. And respect? Toluca and Pachuca are often lauded as the best franchises in Mexican soccer today.
Chivas' situation went from troubled to ridiculous, difficult to absurd, challenging to preposterous. Club owner
In case you lost count, that's 11 managers now that have come and gone since Vergara took over in '02. A rundown:
Westerhof returned to start the Clausura '06 but was replaced midway by
Interestingly, Guzmán and Chepo de la Torre each went on to win league titles after leaving Chivas, while Galindo also led another club to consecutive finals appearances.
Now, Vergara turns to Ramírez, who has never managed in the Mexican First Division before. His first task? Defeat Chivas' bitter rival, América, in the Mexican
I got a lot of responses to my column reacting to Mexico's firing of
The federation has tried to provide a bit of stability in Aguirre as it guaranteed his contract through 2010. Win or lose, Aguirre's the man. Even if Mexico's worst-case scenario happens -- lose to the U.S. at the Azteca in August -- Aguirre won't be sacked. He might be strung up publicly, but he can't be removed from his post. It's the federation that allowed things to get this far. Had it guaranteed Hugo Sánchez's contract or carried through with its hopes and plans for him when it first gave him the job, perhaps the team wouldn't be in the state it's in right now.
Perhaps the one thing Eriksson's failure with Mexico shows is how true the ever-present sentiment is when it comes to the Mexican managerial position. Players, media, seemingly everyone wants a to bring in a manager who knows Mexico and knows the Mexican players. Perhaps now when the post is open the talk of bringing in managers such as
I believe Mexico does have some true talent, but I do agree that there's a problem with the players. There is no superstar, and the young players who should be stepping up and fulfilling their potential (