Published on January 10th, 2018 | by Daniel Boyle0
Rueda Takes the Reins for Chile
Colombian manager Reinaldo Rueda has been named as coach of Chile, looking to pick up the pieces after La Roja’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Chile have looked to experience, with Rueda having guided Colombia, Honduras and Ecuador at the national level. He was in charge of Honduras when they faced Chile at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Rueda has not only been coaching at the national team level, he saw success with Atlético Nacional, taking them to the Copa Libertadores title in 2016 as well as the final of the Copa Sudamericana in 2016 and 2017. He moved to Brazil to take on a role at Flamengo but will move on to the Chile job.
— Reinaldo Rueda (@ReinaldoRuedaDT) January 9, 2018
Rueda has a contract up until the Qatar World Cup and will be immediately extended if he can return La Roja back into the World Cup frame. Chile may rue the opportunity to build on their success in recent years, with many of the star players at their peak and only getting older. Only limited youngsters have been given time in the top squad. A demand for Rueda to sign on was taking control over the younger squads as well to directly oversee their development into the Chile squad.
Chile will take on Sweden, Denmark and Poland in friendlies played in Europe this year. Rueda follows in the footsteps of Juan Antonio Pizzi, who moved on once Chile’s World Cup campaign came to an end. Pizzi has taken over at Saudi Arabia, while Jorge Sampaoli, who got the ball rolling on the qualifying campaign, will take Argentina to the World Cup.