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Sanchez: I Won't Quit

  • Reuters, Tuesday, March 18, 2008 4 PM
Despite calls for his resignation from the Mexican press, Hugo Sanchez said he would not resign as coach of Mexico's senior and U-23 national teams, after arriving in Mexico City following the team's failure to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. "I've said it already, I'm not resigning," Sanchez told a news conference at the Mexico City airport on Tuesday. "I'm sad, as are all Mexicans, and disappointed, because our dream was to take part at the Olympic Games. But for these players to mature, we have to experience failure, and I'm sure that the ones who carry on from here will be stronger at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010."

Concacaf gets two places at the Olympics. Most felt these would go to the U.S. and Mexico, but Mexico failed to even reach the semifinals, finishing third in Group B behind Guatemala and Canada. Amid calls for his sacking, Sanchez told the media to be more understanding. "They want blood after two, three or four bad games," he said. "We failed, we have to accept it as such ... and show that we can come through it and then face the more demanding challenge, which is to qualify for the World Cup" Sanchez added that he still feels support from the Mexican people, which is why he says he'll never quit.

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