Copa America 2019: 'I don’t think I am the problem,' says Ecuador coach Hernan Gomez after early exit from competition

Colombian Hernan Gomez took Ecuador to their first World Cup finals in 2002 during his first spell in charge. He returned to the post last year after a poor start to World Cup qualifiers.

Reuters June 25, 2019 18:29:44 IST
Copa America 2019: 'I don’t think I am the problem,' says Ecuador coach Hernan Gomez after early exit from competition
  • Ecuador coach Hernan Gomez eschewed responsibility for his side’s early exit at the Copa America on Monday and said the thought of resigning had never entered his head

  • Ecuador had to beat Japan to qualify for the quarter-finals but a 1-1 draw in Belo Horizonte saw them both eliminated

  • Colombian Gomez took Ecuador to their first World Cup finals in 2002 during his first spell in charge

Ecuador coach Hernan Gomez eschewed responsibility for his side’s early exit at the Copa America on Monday and said the thought of resigning had never entered his head.

Copa America 2019 I dont think I am the problem says Ecuador coach Hernan Gomez after early exit from competition

File image of Hernan Gomez. Reuter

Ecuador had to beat Japan to qualify for the quarter-finals but a 1-1 draw in Belo Horizonte saw them both eliminated. The Ecuadorians finished bottom of Group C, with Uruguay and Chile going through to the knockout stage.

Ecuador have now gone seven games without a win but Gomez was not for stepping down.

“None of the officials hired me saying what happens to me depends on what I do in the Copa America. Because if they had then I wouldn’t have taken the job. I’m not handing over my post. If they want to fire them, then fire me,” he told reporters.

“Another coach will come in and the same things will happen, they are asking for results when we can’t provide them. Let’s see who explodes first. I don’t think I am the problem,” he said.

Colombian Gomez took Ecuador to their first World Cup finals in 2002 during his first spell in charge. He returned to the post last year after Ecuador fell apart following a brilliant start to the South American qualifiers for Russia 2018.

Four wins in their first four games were followed by just two more in their next 14, leaving them well outside the qualification places and costing Patricio Lara his job.

Gomez won four of his first six games in charge but they have toiled since.

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