Uruguay fires coach Tabárez amid poor World Cup qualifying

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Uruguay coach Oscar Tabares was sacked on Friday after his team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The Uruguayans are ranked seventh in South America’s 10-team qualifying group. They have four matches left before the World Cup in Qatar next year.

The 74-year-old Tabares has coached Uruguay for 15 years for the second time in his career, including in the last three world championships. He led Uruguay to fourth place at the 2010 South Africa tournament. He also won the 2011 America’s Cup.

Tabares also coached Uruguay from 1988 to 1990.

The Football Federation of Uruguay said in a statement that the dismissal of Tabares and his staff is “a difficult decision due to the current circumstances, due to the commitment to the future and the achievement of the results that we all want.”

“We express our respect and appreciation for (his) professionalism and dedication for such a long process,” the statement said.

Tabares said he will not “quit” after Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Bolivia.

“I am a professional, I signed a contract, and it says everything I need to do,” the veteran coach said at the time. “I don’t know who can ask me to do this (resign) after this time at work.”

The Uruguayan Football Federation has not announced a replacement for Tabares.



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