Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Richard Paez Resigns as Venezuela Manager

Richard Paez has resigned from his position as manager of the Venezuelan national team following jeers from the crowd during their 5-3 victory over Bolivia in the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.

Paez assumed the managerial position in 2001 and has overseen a massive improvement both on and off the field since his arrival.

Venezuela have made a decent start to the qualifying campaign and currently lie fifth in the ten team group after four games. Paez was aiming to become the first manager to ever take Venezuela to World Cup qualification, but it seems that the constant criticism from the crowd has made his job untenable.

"The football played by our beloved Red Wines has not been able to beat the inadequate atmosphere which surrounds the national team," Paez said in a letter to the Venezuelan football association. "This directly affects our professional responsibility to pick, lead and obtain results."

There is currently no word as to who is in line to replace Paez.

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