Oscar Tabarez has been sacked from his position as coach of Uruguay after 15 years in charge.
Uruguay’s 3-0 defeat by Bolivia on Tuesday was their fourth straight loss and left them seventh in South American qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, one point behind Colombia who currently occupies the final automatic qualification spot.
A statement from the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) read: “The AUF Executive Committee informs that it has resolved to terminate the contract of Mr. Oscar Tabarez and other members of the coaching staff of the senior national team.
“We emphatically express that this decision does not ignore the important contribution of Tabarez to Uruguayan soccer. We salute and acknowledge the fundamental sporting achievements obtained in these 15 years, which once again placed Uruguay at the top of world football.
“We express our respect and appreciation for the professionalism and dedication he showed during his time in charge and the immeasurable legacy that this fruitful period leaves in the history of the national team.
“The AUF Executive Committee has made this difficult decision under present circumstances, committed to the near future and obtaining the results we all hope for.”
📣 Comunicado de la AUF – 19/11/2021 pic.twitter.com/OSVXn2qpG4
— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) November 19, 2021