In Uruguay, the verb “rethink”, used this Thursday by the Argentine River Plate coach, Marcelo Gallardo, has lit the wick of illusion in local fans.
The name of the Doll has been the most repeated (as desired) since, on November 19, the dismissal of Óscar Washington Tabárez as Uruguay coach was announced after more than 15 years of “process”, as everyone calls the work carried out by the veteran coach, which led to the 2011 Copa América title and fourth place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“I think I deserve the possibility of rethinking myself, because it takes a lot of energy to continue with a bond as strong as the one I have with this institution”, Gallardo said before the microphones of ESPN Team F this Thursday, as soon as he was proclaimed champion of the Argentine tournament 2021, a title that was missing in his successful showcases.
The former player of the Argentine River Plate, the Uruguayan National or the French PSG clarified, during said interview, that he is “ending” his contract and that it is “the first time” since he sat on the ‘millionaire’ bench that he is in a “position” like that.
“I have given everything to this club until today. I think it is the first time, beyond a moment that I have gone through anxiety, to see and analyze whether or not you continue because it requires a lot of effort and to be with full energy”, Gallardo clarified.
The Doll acknowledged that, up to now, he did not think about his immediate future, because River Plate does not “deserve” that his head was “elsewhere”. “We wanted to win and did not want to go any further,” he said.
After ‘paying’ one of the few outstanding accounts of the era that began on May 30, 2014, the coach added his thirteenth title as a franjirrojo coach: 2 Libertadores Cups (2015 and 2018), 1 South American Cup (2014), 3 South American Recopas (2015, 2016 and 2019), 1 Suruga Bank Cup (2015), 3 Argentine Cups (2016, 2017 and 2019), 2 Argentine Super Cups (2017 and 2019) and 1 Argentine League (2021).
URUGUAY ON THE HORIZON?
When a week ago the news of Tabárez’s dismissal as a celestial technician flooded not only the Uruguayan media, but the entire world, the dance of names began for his possible succession.
In addition to the Uruguayans Diego Aguirre, coach of the Brazilian International, Guillermo Almada, who directs the Mexican Santos, or Alexander Medina, coach of the Argentine Talleres, the name that emerged with great force was that of Marcelo Gallardo.
The one who was also a midfielder in the Uruguayan National (2010-2011) began his career as a coach precisely in the Montevideo club as soon as he hung up his boots, and he did it in the same way that he finished as a footballer: conquering the local Championship.
That knowledge of the country and Uruguayan football, in addition to his triumphant career as a coach, make him the longed-for coach, considering the critical situation in which Uruguay faces the last four rounds of the 2022 Qatar World Cup South American Qualifiers.
Seventh, with 16 points, the same as Chile (sixth), even outside the play-off, without knowing the victory since September 9 -when they defeated Ecuador 1-0- and with three severe goals conceded in the following five rounds. , Celeste runs the risk of being left out of a World Cup, which has not happened since Germany 2006.
As Efe learned from sources in the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), the governing body of local football “maintained informal contact with Marcelo Gallardo’s environment and a formal meeting is expected to be held”, something much more feasible once the tournament in Argentina has been decided.
It is surely the most difficult (decision) of my life, “said Gallardo last night, who, with those words, lit a light of illusion in the damaged celestial hearts.