Uruguay appoint Diego Alonso as head coach

Soccer Football - Liga MX Semi Final Second Leg - Cruz Azul v Monterrey, Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico - December 8, 2018 Monterrey coach Diego Alonso REUTERS/Henry Romero

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Former Inter Miami and Monterrey manager Diego Alonso has been named the new coach of Uruguay, the country's football association said on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old replaces Oscar Tabarez, who was sacked last month after 15 years in the job. L1N2SA282

Tabarez's departure came after a string of poor results that left the two-times World Cup winners seventh in South America's qualifying group for Qatar 2022.

The top four qualify automatically for the finals and the fifth-placed side go into an inter-regional playoff.

Alonso has a wealth of experience at club level having coached Penarol and Bella Vista in his native Uruguay as well as Paraguayan sides Olimpia and Guarani.

His longest coaching spell was at Mexican side Pachuca, who he led to the Mexican championship in 2016. He also won the CONCACAF Champions league with both Pachuca and Monterrey.

The Uruguayan Football Association did not provide details about his contract but local media said Alonso had signed a deal at least until the end of the South American qualifiers.

Uruguay are only one point outside the top four, with their four final qualifiers coming at home to Venezuela and Peru, and away at Paraguay and Chile.

Reporting by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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