La Volpe open to Mexico return
Former Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe says he would like to return to the post following the departure of Javier Aguirre.
La Volpe coached Mexico from 2002 to 2006 and, like Aguirre this year, led El Tri to the second round of the FIFA World Cup™ before losing out to Argentina. In Germany, however, Mexico pushed Argentina all the way and lost out to a wonder strike from Maxi Rodriguez in extra time.
La Volpe's Mexican side also impressed in the FIFA Confederations Cup a year earlier, beating eventual winners Brazil in the group stages before losing to Argentina on penalties in the semi-finals. And now, the outspoken Argentinian says he is ready to return. "It would be an honour to coach Mexico again," he told Mexican sports daily Record.
La Volpe, a former goalkeeper and member of the Argentina squad that won the FIFA World Cup in 1978, ended his playing career in Mexico and has coached eight clubs in the country. But the national side holds the biggest draw of all for the 58-year-old. "Pride for every coach is to get to the top. And coaching a national team is the top, there's no doubt. I have the ability, I don't doubt that," he said.
Toluca coach Jose Manuel de la Torre is the current favourite to succeed Aguirre, who stepped down after the finals in South Africa.