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Mexico on list of potential Eriksson destinations: agent

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 25 May 2008


Manchester City coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, facing the sack from the English Premiership side, can count Mexico's national side as his next possible destination, Mexican media reported on Sunday.

Reports quoted Mexican football agent Juan Carlos Padilla as saying former England boss Eriksson was on the verge of accepting a two-year deal to lead Mexico to the 2010 World Cup.

“We already know what the Mexican FA are looking for and we would accept their terms if they call us again,” Mexican newspaper La Jornada quoted Padilla as saying from Manchester.

“If the Mexican FA decide to take him on, he will be their coach and the Mexican national team will be his top choice.

“It's a contract for the cycle up to the next World Cup and after that we'll see what happens. But for the moment it's a two-year contract,” according to Padilla.

Eriksson, who is on a post-season tour with City, expects to be dismissed by club owner and former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, despite leading the club into Europe in his first season with a top half Premiership finish.

Should he indeed leave Eastlands, then one name in the frame to replace him could be Avram Grant, whom Chelsea unceremoniously dumped Saturday after finishing runners-up in both the Premiership and the Champions League.

Other possible candidates are Atletico Madrid's Mexican coach Javier Aguirre, former Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard of the Netherlands, Argentinians Jose Pekerman, Carlos Bianchi and Americo Gallego, plus Portugal national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Hugo Sanchez was sacked from the Mexico job in March after they failed to qualify for August's Beijing Olympics.


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