UPDATE, Nov. 1 - After saying that he's intrigued at the prospect of an MLS gig, Javier Aguirre says he's been interviewed by two teams in the league as he weighs the next move in his career.
Speaking on SiriusXM FC's Counterattack with hosts Tony Meola and Brian Dunseth, Aguirre said he's currently weighing his options between the MLS clubs and other opportunities in Japan and in Spain, where he's currently based. The former Mexico coach previously said he was in the mix for a couple of MLS jobs that went to other candidates, but that he still likes the idea of joining what he thinks of as a developing league. Watch the full clip below.
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Former Mexico manager Javier Aguirre is looking to MLS for his next job, and said he has already been in contact with teams in the league about coaching vacancies.
Speaking to ESPN Deportes' Futbol Picante, Aguirre said "projects are respected" in the North American league, which makes a job in the league desirable.
"MLS is attractive to me," Aguirre said. "Yes, I've been in touch [with teams]. I have a couple of people in the USA and there have been opportunities and my name was in the mix. They decided on other options, but my name is there, in Japan and the United States."
Aguirre compared an MLS job to one in Liga MX in his native Mexico, where he began his coaching career with Atalante and Pachuca. He sees MLS as a league with greater job security for coaches, citing a recent spell for Matias Almeyda's San Jose Earthquakes where they went eight matches without a win. In that run, the Earthquakes were outscored 28-7.
"Imagine the scene in Mexico," Aguirre said. "In Mexico this would be unthinkable. We get rid of the coach in two seconds."
There is another reason Aguirre would not consider a return to Liga MX, and that is because he said he has not been paying close enough attention to the league to quickly get a coaching job. Aguirre has been out of work since July, when he left his role at Spain's Leganes. He was hired midseason to save the team from La Liga relegation, a task that was ultimately not accomplished.