Martino declines Colombian job offer

Martino declines Colombian job offer

Published Aug. 25, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Argentine coach Gerardo Martino has turned down an offer to take charge of Colombia.

Martino, who stepped down as Paraguay coach in July, was offered the job at a meeting with Colombian Football Federation president Luis Bedoya on Wednesday.

The federation says Martino has declined the offer and leaves Colombia still needing to find a coach before World Cup qualifiers start in October.

Colombia has been without a coach since Hernan Dario Gomez resigned this month after reports he struck a woman in a Bogota bar.


Martino was nominated for the job after guiding Paraguay to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup and the final of the Copa America in July.