Cavani reacts to Uruguay manager Tabarez's sacking

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani’s international manager Oscar Tabarez has been sacked by Uruguay.

Tabarez, 74, has been dismissed after 15 years in charge of the national team, and a statement said: “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.”

Cavani took to Instagram to react to the news, before United’s clash with Watford at Vicarage Road.

Translated, his message read: “I am of few words but of very broad feelings. Thank you maestro, I love you very much.”

The decision comes with Uruguay currently at serious risk of failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

They suffered back to back defeats during this international break, without the injured Cavani in the side.

They lost 1-0 to Argentina last week before a shock 3-0 loss to Bolivia in Tabarez’s last game in charge to leave them even worse off.

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Uruguay have now lost four consecutive qualifying games and have won four games out of 14 in the qualification group.

They Uruguay sit in seventh place after Tabarez’s sacking, and crucially they have played a game more than some of their rivals.

Then Peru, Chile, and Colombia are battling it out with Uruguay for fourth and fifth spots, as it stands.

The fourth-placed team would qualify for Qatar automatically, with the fifth placed side going into the play-offs.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.