Uruguayan Manager Oscar Tabarez Sacked By Federation

Chidalu Obiajulu

74-year-old Oscar Tabarez was dismissed as the Uruguayan coach, after 15 years of being their manager.

Tabarez returned at the helm of the national team for his second tenure in 2006 – he was previously in at helm during 1988-1990, when La Celeste failed to qualify for world cup. He was the one in charge when they finished fourth in 2010 world cup which was held in South Africa and also when they won the Copa America 2011.

Unfortunately for him, after losing their past four games in World Cup 2022 qualifying, including a 3-0 defeat in Bolivia on Tuesday, Tabarez has been dismissed with Uruguay sitting in seventh place with four wins from their 14 games (D4 L6).

With just four games remaining to secure the automatic world cup qualification and 1 point behind Colombia, the Uruguay Football Association took the fast decision to avoid any scandal and so dismissed the 74-year-old.

The statement released by the AUF Uruguay on Friday read: “[This is] a difficult decision due to present circumstances, in a commitment to the future and the achievement of the results we all want.

“We honourably express our gratitude and respect to [Tabarez’s] professionalism and dedication for such a long process.”

The 74 years old Tabarez boasts the records for most games (74, including play-offs) and most wins (31) as head coach in the history of South American World Cup qualifying the CONMEBOL.

When he was in charge during his first spell,he took Uruguay to 1990 world cup,but was eliminated by Italy.

Fortunately for him, he was reappointed in 2006, but they have failed to make impact and didn’t qualify, he later took them to 3 straight world cup,(2010,2014,2018).

But four straight defeats — three of them by three goals — have left Uruguay in danger of missing out on next year’s World Cup, a tournament they won in 1930 and 1950.

“The executive committee of the AUF informs that it has decided to end the contract of Oscar Washington Tabarez and other members of the national team coaching staff,” said the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) in a statement.

The AUF described it as a “difficult decision” that in no way “disavows Tabarez’s important contribution to Uruguayan football.”

Uruguay have scored just one goal, conceding 11, in their last four matches that included defeats to Brazil, Bolivia and twice to Argentina.

They sit seventh in the single South American qualifying table for the World Cup in Qatar, with only the first four progressing automatically.