Martino rejects offer to coach Colombia – again

Former Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has turned down the chance

to take charge of Colombia – the second offer he’s refused in four


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


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.