Óscar Ramírez looks to restabilize Costa Rica football following turmoil

By Michael Krumholtz

Many people can go their entire lives without receiving that one desired job promotion. For Óscar Ramírez, it took just two weeks. It’s yet to be determined if that says more about the coach’s supreme qualifications or the Costa Rica Football Federation’s (FEDEFUTBOL) current state of uncertainty.

After naming Ramírez the assistant coach for Costa Rica’s national team earlier this month, FEDEFUTBOL interim president Jorge Hidalgo officially introduced “Machillo” as the team’s head coach on Tuesday. It was widely assumed the job would fall to the 50-year-old former Alajuelense manager following Paulo Wanchope’s fateful brawl and subsequent resignation last week.

The beloved Ramírez, who steered Alajuelense to three consecutive national titles from 2010 to 2012, now finds himself in the position of taking over a team that has not won a match in nearly a year and faces a litany of off-field scrutinies. At Tuesday’s press conference, he called this upcoming challenge the most difficult of his life.

“I know the responsibility of what I’m getting into,” he said. “I understand the commitment and I’m going to give it my best.”

Óscar Ramírez es el nuevo técnico de la Selección Nacional de Costa Rica.

¡Un RT de apoyo para el “Macho”! pic.twitter.com/wiNnttr7OF

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Via:: Tico Times