URUGUAY APPOINT MARCELO BIELSA
After Oscar Tabarez's shock resignation last week, the Uruguayan football federation have moved fast and appointed a new manager in just three days in the form of 58 year old Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa has had a rich history in the managerial field, coaching teams as big as Athletic Bilbao in Europe as well as finding decent success with the likes of Argentina and especially Chile. Fans of La Celeste will be hoping that a tactician with such international pedigree and experience can lead their team to glory next summer in the World Cup.
At his unveiling earlier today, Bielsa told the press, "There is a very good team at my disposal here, and we cannot wait for the World Cup this summer. The weight of a nation's expectations is on my shoulders, and I will not back down."
However, they don't call the Argentinian boss "El Loco" for nothing. Known for his ridiculously high work-rate tactics, enigmatic strategies to put opposition off guard, and yelling at construction workers, Bielsa may just add the bit of spice that Uruguay need to upset the odds in Brazil.
The new boss's first test will be a friendly match against Egypt in Alexandria on August 14th before delving into the final four World Cup Qualifying matches in the South American section. La Celeste are already qualified, but Bielsa will want to have his players in great form going into the World Cup.
Uruguayan fans have responded very positively to the new appointment. Though fan-favorite Diego Forlan looked set to land the job, this more experienced option seems to have pleased the South American nation. Bielsa has said he will keep the job until the end of the World Cup and evaluate his position again afterwards.