At this time, everything seems to indicate that Master Óscar Washington Tabárez will be dismissed as coach of the Uruguayan soccer team.
ESPN learned that the president of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), Ignacio Alonso, asked for a few more hours to reflect on the matter and put the final decision on the table, but an overwhelming majority in the AUF Executive believes that this is the best way forward.
From the bosom of the Association it is considered that what remains of the South American Qualifiers must be taken as “a four-date championship” where you have to come out third to qualify and for this “you need to face it with someone who has that mentality.”
The string of bad results in the last dates of the South American Qualifiers triggered the measure to culminate the cycle of the historic DT, who could not win with Celeste in the last five games of this tournament and had four consecutive defeats.
A month ago there had been a meeting in the Celeste Complex between the members of the Executive of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) and the coaching staff of the Uruguayan National Team to learn about the reality of the team, raise concerns about what was happening, but which ended up confirming the continuity of Tabárez and his work group.
This time, however, after the defeats against Argentina at the Campeón del Siglo stadium and against Bolivia in La Paz, the AUF authorities decided that the coach’s time at the head of the team had come to an end.
Between his two stages as DT, Óscar Washington Tabárez directed 221 matches in the Uruguayan National Team, of which he won 104, drew 58 and lost 59. After leading Uruguay in the 1989 Copa América and the 1990 World Cup, Maestro Tabárez returned to La Celeste in 2006 to begin a “Project to institutionalize the processes of national teams and the training of their players” that ended up lasting 16 years.
With him at the helm, Uruguay qualified for the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups and won the 2011 Copa América. In South Africa, a historic fourth place was achieved, something that had not been achieved since Mexico 1970 and that positioned Uruguay in the outposts of national team football for many years, added to the success of the continental tournament the following year.