Former Mexico head coach Javier Aguirre has left La Liga side Atletico Madrid by mutual consent after admitting that a “losing mentality” had made it’s way into his lockeroom.
The Mexican left the Spanish league club Monday, and Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said Tuesday that it was by mutual agreement. Abel Resino, the coach of second-division division side Castellon, was hired to take over for the rest of the season.
Atletico is winless in its last seven matches, with five losses, for its worst new year start in more than a decade. The run has dropped the team into seventh, five points behind fourth-place Valencia and the final spot needed to reach next season’s Champions League.
“Results are what determine your path and looking back to Dec. 20, I would never have imagined the new year would have started like this,” Aguirre said at the Vicente Calderon stadium. “A losing mentality had sunk into the team and a change was needed.”
“If I could go back I definitely would have made some better decisions, I would have done things differently in some moments, I would have looked for better fluidity in the team,” said Aguirre, who led Atletico for more than two seasons. “I have a great responsibility in determining the success of the team. We have a team to reach the Champions League.”
Atletico usually fields up to eight international players in its starting lineup, with Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, Uruguay striker Diego Forlan and Portugal forward Simao Sabrosa leading the way.
The former Osasuna coach had no plans to push for a return to coaching Mexico, which is now led by Sven Goran Eriksson.
“My obligation is to support him. I won’t look to take work away from fellow colleagues,” said Aguirre, who led Mexico to the 2002 World Cup.
Aguirre scored 13 goals in 59 appearances for Mexico and played at America, Chivas and Osasuna. He said he would stay in the Spanish capital at least through June.
“I’ll watch a lot of football, recover some lost friendships and catch up on some reading,” Aguirre said.
Image via Estaticos01