Mexico is a fine footballing nation with a proud history. Currently ranked seventeenth in the world, Mexico have twice reached the quarter-finals of the world cup, once won the Confederations cup, been seven times Concacaf champions and twice finished second in the Copa America.
Despite this adequate record, Mexico remains something of a backwater in terms of world football. It is for this reason that I find it a little sad that Sven Goran Eriksson has taken the vacant manager's job for the country.
The sacking of Sven from Manchester City remains one of the worst examples of everything that is wrong about current day Premier League football in England. As has been well documented, Eriksson took Manchester City to their best finish in the league for many years but has been discarded by an owner with unrealistic ambitions for his club.
As a club manager, Eriksson won the Swedish league and cup twice each, the Portuguese league three times and cup once, the Serie A title and the Italian cup four times. Add to that aCup win, a European Cup winners cup win and runners-up spots in both the Uefa Cup and the Champions League and you have a very distinguished career indeed.
With England, Eriksson took the country to the quarter-finals of three major tournaments, the World Cup in 2002 and 2006 and the European Championships of 2004. Compared to other managers of England, Eriksson is one the most successful. Only Sir Alf Ramsey and Terry Venables in tournaments held in England and Sir Bobby Robson in 1990 have taken England further.
The fact is that Eriksson is talented and successful manager. He has been treated poorly by Manchester City and was treated badly by the media when he was managing England. I certainly don't blame him for taking a role so very far away but I believe he will be a very sad loss to English football.
I wish him every success and hopefully a little bit of privacy.