Edgardo Bauza’s agent had said that his client wouldn’t be out of work long after being sacked by Argentina last month and so it has proved with El Patón named the new UAE coach on Thursday.
The return to coaching is a swift one for Bauza after his short spell in charge of Argentina was brought to an end by AFA president Claudio Tapia, following La Albiceleste’s struggling World Cup qualifying campaign in which Bauza won only three of his eight games in charge.
United Arab Emirates’ qualifying hopes are even fainter after defeat to Australia in March, not only led to former coach Mahdi Ali resigning but left the side four points adrift of the Asian qualifying playoff spot.
Bauza will begin against Thailand on June 13th and with only three matches remaining will be hoping to oversee a late charge that will take the UAE to a first World Cup since 1990.
“The coaching of the UAE National Team is a new challenge and I hope to succeed in this mission,” Bauza said at his official unveiling.