The Peruvian FA has announced that Ricardo Gareca left his post as the national team manager following Peru’s failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup.
Gareca who was appointed back in 2015, guided the national side to the 2018 World Cup in Russia but was unable to repeat the feat in 2022 after a heart-breaking penalty shoot-out default to Australia in Peru’s final World Cup qualifying match.
Considering the might of South American football, under Gareca, Peru have done phenomenally well to compete alongside the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, and Ecuador.
Peru’s participation in the 2018 World Cup was their first Finals appearance since 1982 and despite a group stage exit, it was a crowning achievement for the nation.
Considering how well Peru have performed since Gareca’s appointment, the Peruvian FA had no interest in letting Gareca go, but a disagreement over Gareca’s wages has seen him quit his post.
Gareca leaves some big shoes to fill and according to reports former Argentine striker Hernan Crespo and Santiago Solari have been instilled as the early favorites for the role.