Colombia: Gomez Resignation Accepted – Maturana Leaves Too – Martino Linked

Sad Looking Hernan Dario Gomez

Courtesy of El Espectador, Colombia

It’s been a busy day on the news front concerning the Colombian national team with three major developments.

Firstly, the football federation has accepted Hernan Dario Gomez’s resignation following the unsavoury incident with a women outside a Bogota bar that he was involved in earlier this month. Speculation had been rife that the federation would reject his resignation following a show of support from the players that make up the national team, but Gomez made it clear on Monday that his resignation was irrevocable, giving the federation little choice but to accept it.

Secondly, Francisco Maturana, who was appointed in a technical role to oversee the development of the Colombian national team in March 2010, has also left his position. Reports suggest that his decision to leave was a personal one, although the fact that it came on the same day as his friend, and former assistant coach, Gomez’s resignation seems more than coincidental.

Gomez’s assistant coach Leonel Alvarez – who had previously been touted as a potential successor – and the remainder of the coaching staff are all also expected to leave the employment of the federation.

Thirdly, former Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino appears to be in pole position to succeed Gomez according to unconfirmed reports in Colombia. Colombia’s president Juan Manual Santos had urged the federation to consider appointing a foreign coach, and the 48-year old Argentine could be just the ticket.

Martino led Paraguay to the 2010 World Cup, in which they were eliminated by eventual winners Spain in the quarter finals. His side went on to reach the final of this year’s Copa America – albeit without winning a single match – in which they were defeated 3-0 by Uruguay.

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