Controversial former Uruguay coach Juan Ramon Carrasco resigned
on Friday over differences with club directors having steered
Nacional to the Uruguayan league championship.
Carrasco, an outspoken personality who was disliked by some
board members and had trouble with some of his players, had been
in the job since October 2010.
"I want to announce that today we have decided to step
aside," Carrasco said referring to himself and his coaching
He told a news conference that he felt a mixture of pain at
leaving a club he loves and owes so much having begun his
playing career there, coupled with the satisfaction of a job
The 54-year-old former international midfielder thanked club
president Ricardo Alarcon for his support in the face of
opposition from other members of the board over his appointment.
"Our intention was always to unite, not divide, and we
thought that with sporting achievements we could fix this," said
Carrasco, who took over from the sacked Luis Gonzalez during the
Apertura, first of two championship in the season.
"As this was not the case, we decided to free the president
of all kinds of pressure from his fellow board members."
Carrasco espouses all out attack, his tactics often leaving
his teams exposed at the back which was his undoing as Uruguay
coach in 2004. However, much as he has preached his type of
game, Nacional's championship victory was based more on a sound
Nacional, one of Uruguay's Big Two clubs with Libertadores
Cup finalists Penarol, won the Clausura championship and then
beat Apertura winners Defensor Sporting in the final for the
"I feel great pain as a professional and a (Nacional) fan
because this is the mutilation of a cycle that could have been
very successful. I'm not leaving because Nacional is part of my
life, it's my home and I hope this will be only a 'see you again
Carrasco refused to take questions from the floor.
Two of Nacional's leading players, young Uruguay central
defender Sebastian Coates and striker Santiago "Morro" Garcia,
are on the verge of good transfers abroad.
Garcia is set to join
Atletico Paranaense in Brazil while Coates could move to Europa
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