The Federation reported the decision after losing the selection any qualification option to the World Cup after four consecutive defeats.
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Oscar Tabárez He was dismissed this Friday as coach of the Uruguayan soccer team, according to the National Federation in a statement, ending a process of 15 years and 8 months as technical director at the head of the celestial team.
The decision of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) comes after four consecutive defeats in the qualifying rounds of the World Cup, which made Celeste fall to seventh place in the table, out of any qualifying option.
“We know that it was a difficult decision that will leave us in history for better or for worse. But we believed that the most convenient thing was to take it,” said the member of the AUF Executive Jorge CasalesAfter the news was known, the meeting with the coaching staff had barely ended, which, he said, passed “with great respect and great understanding of both parties.”
“I think there was empathy, the place where we were understood was understood (…) Without a doubt it was not what they wanted, but it is what the Executive considered best,” he added.
A coach of record
The 74-year-old ‘Maestro’ Tabárez, thus culminates an extensive process of three decades as technical director of Uruguay, a cycle that had made him the coach with the longest time in charge of the same soccer team. In addition, Tábarez had a first cycle as Celeste coach between 1988 and 1990.
The questions to its current continuity began to be felt strongly a month ago, after the triple date of October of the South American qualifiers ended in the direction of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The team’s falls against Argentina by 3-0 and Brazil 4-1, after having tied at home without goals with Colombia, they hit hard both among the fans and the national team.
However, at that time the discomfort of the leaders was not so much by the results as by the lack of attitude of the team and the feeling of unease in the locker room, where the players would not have received strong messages from the coaching staff, so they opted for a second chance.
That new possibility disappeared after the defeats against Argentina (1-0) and Bolivia (3-0) in the last window of November, which left Celeste in seventh position in the table. Tabárez leaves the national team after a successful process that transformed the image of Uruguay worldwide. According to official AUF statistics, he led the Uruguayan team in 221 games, of which 104 won, 58 tied and 59 lost.
In its communiqué, the AUF Committee expressed “emphatically” that the decision of his dismissal “does not imply ignoring the important contribution of Tabárez to Uruguayan soccer.” “We salute and recognize the fundamental sporting achievements obtained in these 15 years, which once again placed Uruguay in the first places in world football.”
According to Casales, the leaders have not yet contacted any possible successor. “We are going to analyze it quickly but not urgently. Nothing is going to be imminent, but we are already doomed to that next stage,” said the AUF delegate, who assured that they still do not handle names of a technical future.
Reference from elmundo