Martino rejects offer to coach Colombia

Former Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has turned down the chance to take charge of Colombia – the second offer he’s refused in four months.

Colombian football federation president Luis Bedoya says Martino, who is from Argentina, decided to accept an offer to coach Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys instead. Bedoya says the federation will ”continue looking for a coach with international experience.”

Martino took Paraguay to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup and final of the Copa America in July. He turned down an initial offer to coach Colombia in August.

After Martino’s rejection, Colombia turned to former player Leonel Alvarez, who oversaw three World Cup qualifying matches before being dismissed earlier this month.