Soccer  > General Soccer  > Honduras installs Castillo as interim manager
August 19, 2010, 03:34 PM
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Mexican manager Juan de Dios Castillo was installed as the interim coach of Honduras on Wednesday, taking over the team at least through January.

Having previously coached Honduran clubs sides Olimpia, Real Espana, Motagua and Marathon, the 59-year-old Castillo takes over a side that qualified for the World Cup this past June for the first time since 1982, but was eliminated with three losses.

He replaces Reinaldo Rueda, who resigned on July 28.

"We are going to look to have the best national team of all time," he said at an introductory press conference. "For that we did unity from the executives, fans and the press. To go the World Cup we need the support of everyone."

Nicknamed "El Cuate", Castillo will have Reinaldo Clavasquin of Honduras as his assistant along with Francisco Solis and Sergio Pacheco from Mexico.

His first game as manager will be September 3 in Los Angeles against fellow Central American side El Salvador. The Central American championship is set for January with the CONCACAF Gold Cup scheduled for June 5-25.

He will summon players for the September 4 match this week and begin training sessions Sunday in Tegucigalpa.

I am "not lucky enough to be liked by everyone, but I am going to try to please everyone with results on the field," Castillo said.

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