After a poor set of displays in the World Cup qualification round, Uruguay sack their head coach Oscar Tabarez.
It has been officialized that Uruguay has sacked their manager Oscar Tabarez after 15 years in charge of the national team.
The 74-year-old, who is also known as “El Maestro”, took control of the national squad for a second spell in 2006. With his revolutionary tactics, he managed to transform a world-class team into an even better one.
In fact, Tabarez holds the world record for managing most games for one national team, which is 224. After Uruguay’s World Cup glories in 1930 and 1950, he was the only one to bring the country close to another silverware.
They reached the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup which was held in South Africa. And the year after that, Tabarez helped his side lift the Copa America trophy.
However, their latest inconsistent performances in the World Cup qualifiers had an impact on the decision that was made by the board. Uruguay lost four games and could not go to the next round with the automatic qualification.
An official statement from the association read: “The AUF Executive Committee informs that it has resolved to terminate the contract of Mr. Oscar Tabarez and other members of the coaching staff of the senior national team.”
“We emphatically express that this decision does not ignore the important contribution of Tabarez to Uruguayan soccer. We salute and acknowledge the fundamental sporting achievements obtained in these 15 years. Which once again placed Uruguay at the top of world football.”
“We express our respect and appreciation for the professionalism and dedication he showed during his time in charge. And the immeasurable legacy that this fruitful period leaves in the history of the national team.”
“The AUF Executive Committee has made this difficult decision under present circumstances, committed to the near future and obtaining the results we all hope for.”