Three days after lauding the future of Mexican soccer, Javier Aguirre said he wasn't sticking around to be a part of it.
He appeared before a packed news conference in Mexico City on Wednesday to announce he was stepping down as coach after El Tri bowed out in the second round for the fifth time in as many tries.
"The first person responsible is me. I believe that I have to resign my job," Aguirre said. "It's the most honest solution, the fairest and it's something I have to do."
Mexico's fifth coach since the last World Cup, his annual salary was rumored to be nearly $4 million which, if true, would have made him the third-highest-paid national team coach.
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