Paraguay coach Osorio denies reports of his resignation
According to ESPN reporter Tom Marshall, Paraguay national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio has denied reports out of Paraguay that he has resigned from his post without having taken charge of a single match.
Osorio was hired by Paraguay in September after stepping down post-World Cup from his position in charge of the Mexican national team.
Sistema Nacional de Television reporter Javier Sosa Briganti tweeted on Sunday evening that Osorio had stepped down due to a payment disagreement with the Paraguayan federation. Marshall, however, reported just two hours later that Osorio had told him the initial reports were false.
While Osorio’s desire to take charge of his home country has been quite public, Colombia has recently hired Portuguese boss Carlos Queiroz. His spell in charge of Mexico saw him lead to a successful period that included World Cup wins over Germany and South Korea, but ultimately ended after yet another Round of 16 defeat to Brazil.
Paraguay was recently drawn into a difficult Copa America group that includes Argentina, Colombia, and Qatar. Osorio will take charge of his first match with Paraguay in March as the country plays against Peru and Mexico in international friendlies, with the Copa America set to begin in mid-June.
According to Marshall’s report, Osorio has been scouting Paraguayan players of late, traveling most recently to Argentina where he met with Atletico Banfield technical director Hernan Crespo. National team players that play in Argentina include Boca Juniors defender Junior Alonso, River Plate defender Jorge Moreira, and Godoy Cruz defender Danilo Ortiz who is currently on loan to Paraguayan side Libertad.