Soccer  > General Soccer  > Osorio dropped as next manager of Honduras
February 7, 2011, 04:34 PM
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Juan Carlos Osorio will not be managing Honduras, the country's soccer federation has announced, dropping its plans to hire the Colombian after he was unable to break his contract with club side Once Caldas.

The announcement comes only days after the Honduran federation had said last week that it had designated the 48-year-old former coach of Millonarios, Chicago and New York as its replacement for interim manager Juan de Dios Castillo.

Osorio was hired as coach of Once Caldas following his departure from the New York Red Bulls in November 2009, leading the Colombian side to its fourth league title in its history. He has six months remaining on his contract but, according to Rafael Ferrari - head of the Salvadoran national teams committee - promised he could negotiate a release.

"Upon not being able to leave Once Caldas, like he had said he could do, the National Team Committee does not recommend his hire," Ferrari wrote in a open letter to Salvadoran federation President Rafael Callejas posted on the association's Web site.

Ferrari wrote the two sides had agreed that Osorio would begin his new post on March 1, more than three months before the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But Osorio told Colombian daily El Tiempo that he was unable to negotiate a release, and Honduras was unable to wait until June.

"I could not convince Once Caldas officials to let me take on the Honduras job, and, as a result, I could not leave the job," El Tiempo reported Osorio as saying.

Honduras already had announced that leaving Honduran under-20 national team coach Javier Padilla and Castillo assistant Reynaldo Clavasquin would manage side for its scheduled friendly against Ecuador on Wednesday in La Ceiba, Honduras.

Castillo took over for Reinaldo Rueda on an interim basis following the latter's resignation after Honduras' three-loss and exit from the World Cup in South Africa last year. Castillo led Honduras to its first Central American nations' title since 1995 in January, but was to give way to the new manager.

Honduran media have speculated that the new leading candidates include Colombia's
Luis Fernando Suarez, who managed Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup, and Jesus Ramirez, who managed Mexico to the Under-17 World Cup crown in 2005.

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