Saudi Arabia part ways with Bauza after just two months

Saudi Arabia have sacked coach Edgardo Bauza just two months after appointing him and with just over half a year to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In an official press release on Tuesday, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) confirmed that the Argentine had been relieved of his duties having only hired him on September 14.

These latest events mark the continuation of a curious tale for a team that are expected to be firmly focused on preparing for their appearance at Russia 2018 next June.

Back in September, shortly after qualifying for the World Cup, the SAFF parted ways with Dutchman Bert van Marwijk and replaced him with Bauza, who – in accepting the offer – left his job with United Arab Emirates that he had only started four months earlier.

But, having been at the helm for just three friendly games – two of which ended in defeats to Portugal and Bulgaria – Bauza has now shockingly been let go.

The former Argentina coach’s dismissal was not the only upheaval on Tuesday for an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member currently preparing for the World Cup.

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