Uruguay appointed former Inter Miami boss Diego Alonso as head coach of the CONMEBOL nation, it was announced on Tuesday.
Former Uruguay international Alonso replaces Oscar Tabarez after the legendary coach was sacked last month following a 15-year tenure.
Uruguay parted with Tabarez amid the country’s woes after four consecutive defeats in 2022 World Cup qualifying left them seventh in the 10-team standings, but just one point adrift of fourth-placed Colombia and the final automatic qualification berth.
The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) made no further comment upon confirming Alonso as the new coach.
¡Bienvenido, Diego Alonso! pic.twitter.com/tEVHaMg8FA
— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) December 15, 2021
River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo was reportedly the AUF’s number one target before the Argentine coach re-signed with the champions.
Uruguay then turned to Alonso, who was available after his departure from David Beckham’s MLS outfit Inter Miami in January.
Alonso – an eight-time international – has also coached Monterrey, Pachuca, Olimpia, Penarol, Guarani and Bella Vista.
The 46-year-old guided both Monterrey and Pachuca to CONCACAF Champions League glory in 2019 and 2017 respectively.
Alonso’s first match in charge of Uruguay will be against ninth-placed Paraguay on January 27.
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