Mexico want Mourinho

Jose the surprise choice for South Americans

Mexico Football Federation president Justino Compean has confirmed that Jose Mourinho is one of a number of high calibre candidates he would like to see take charge of the national side.

Hugo Sanchez's dismissal last month has seen the Mexican Football Federation step-up their search for a replacement, with Compean clearly keen to bring in a high-profile name.

Atletico Madrid boss Javier Aguirre, Portugal head coach Felipe Luiz Scolari and Marcello Lippi have all been mooted as candidates, with Compean confident general secretary Decio de Maria will be able to speak to the latter pair next week.

It is though the name of Mourinho that will cause more than the odd raised eyebrow, with the Portuguese having been linked with numerous European club giants since leaving Chelsea earlier this season.

"De Maria will fly out next weekend to interview them," said Compean.

"We have appointments with Scolari and Lippi and we are also looking to meet Mourinho.


"We want to know firstly if they are interested in working here."

Jesus Ramirez has taken over as Mexico coach on an interim basis following the departure of Sanchez, who was dismissed after the Mexican U 23 squad failed to qualify for the Olympics.

"We know that none of them will be cheap, but money it is not an obstacle," Compean added.

"No matter how much it will cost, we want a winner."