The poor results opened the door to debate, but the news is still shocking anyway: Uruguay evaluates ending the cycle of Oscar Washington Tabárez as coach of the national team after being thrashed by Argentina and Brazil in the last two Playoff games.
Local newspapers Ovation and The Observer reported that the directors of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) held meetings during the last hours to advance the end of the stay of the Maestro, who took command of the national team a March 8, 2006 to start his second cycle as a coach celeste.
The subject seems to be advanced to such an extent that Diego Aguirre poked to the fore to succeed him, beyond the fact that the name of Fabián Coito. This Saturday the Uruguayan executives will hold a conclave with their own Maestrobut the rumors are getting louder of her goodbye.
Aguirre, who had a stint in Argentina as coach of San Lorenzo, was in command of the Under 20 of Uruguay between 2007 and 2009. Currently, he directs the Inter of Brazil after spending a season at Al-Rayyan in Qatar.
The fall against Brazil was the point that tipped the balance and that same night the first leadership talks began to change the course by not seeing “optimistic signs for the future” in the locker room, as indicated Ovation. Tabárez accumulates more than 15 and a half years as a Uruguayan DT, guiding the representative of his country in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa (third place), Brazil 2014 (round of 16) and Russia 2018 (quarter-finals). In addition, he won the 2011 Copa América that took place in Argentina.
The Celeste, which adds three consecutive qualifications to the World Cup, walks through a worrying present in the South American Qualifiers. With four wins, four draws and four losses, he accumulates 16 points and is in fifth place in the table that today would imply play a playoff with a selection from another continent to reach the ticket to Qatar 2022. The truth is that a missing six dates for the closing of the qualifying process, only six points separate the third of the positions and the ninth, so the battle until the close of the Playoffs will be vibrant.
In the recent triple date of October, Uruguay tied goalless against Colombia local, but then fell 3-0 against Argentina and 4-1 against Brazil, both in visitor status. The next two presentations will be key: on November 10 he will receive Argentina and on the 15th of that month he will go up to meet Bolivia.
As reported in lands Charruas, managers warned that there was a “Divorce in communication and motivation” and that there was a negative impact on not seeing “a strong message” from the coaching staff to indoor footballers after the fall with Brazil. A member of the Executive Committee assured that the group is “broken” daily Ovation.
Tabárez went through Deportivo Cali (Colombia), Boca Juniors (Argentina), Vélez Sarfsfield (Argentina), Milan (Italy), Cagliari (Italy) and Real Oviedo (Spain) outside your country. His central work in lands Charruas was in the mandate that began in 1988 and culminated in 1990 after the round of 16 at the World Cup in Italy, which was later reactivated in 2006.
Until here, accumulate 219 international matches (20 of them in World Cups) in the bank of the Celeste with 104 wins, 58 draws and 57 defeats.
The Maestro, from 74 years, He has also suffered from a disease for some time that prevented him from moving normally, to the point of using electric carts or a cane on several occasions. “Neuropathy causes me motor problems, especially when walking. Now I am with a cane alone, but when the floor is more or less reliable, I do not use one. As it is a chronic disease, sometimes I am a little better and sometimes there are certain situations ”, he declared in 2016 when his health problems became known.
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