Luis Menotti, who led Argentina to a World Cup victory in 1978, signed a one-year contract on Wednesday (July 25) with top Uruguayan club Penarol.
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Background: Luis Menotti, who led Argentina to a World Cup victory in 1978, signed a one-year contract on Wednesday (July 25) with top Uruguayan club Penarol.
"My goal is to win everything, to make Penarol play the leading role in Uruguayan international soccer and in every championship it plays," Menotti said.
Penarol, a 99-year-old club that has won three intercontinental and five Latin American club championships, is struggling halfway down the standings in the current Uruguayan tournament.
Penarol refused to say how much they offered to pay the tall, chain-smoking Argentine, but club president Juan Pedro Damiani said that "if Menotti gives us the results we expect, he will be a cheap coach".
Menotti, 51, was Argentina's national coach from 1974 until 1982 when he quit due to his team's poor showing in the World Cup playoffs in Spain.
Over the past decade he has worked for Argentine arch-rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate and for Spain's Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
He replaces Uruguayan coach Roberto Fleitas who quit last week.
Recently Penarol were involved in a stormy local derby match with Nacional which had to abandoned following a brawl involving all the players.