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Olmos, Autuori walk the tightrope in South America :notlist:
By Brian Homewood
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Chile coach Juvenal Olmos and Peru trainer Paulo Autuori could both face the sack if their teams lose in Wednesday's World Cup qualifiers.
Speculation is growing in the two countries that they could follow the leads of Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia, who have already swapped coaches since the 10-nation South American qualifiers began in September 2003.
Santiago daily La Tercera named four possible replacements for the beleaguered Olmos while the Peruvian sports daily Libero was even more emphatic.
It stamped a huge photograph of former Ecuador coach Hernan Dario "Bolillo" Gomez on the front page with the headline: "Here comes Bolillo."
The qualifiers reach the halfway stage at the weekend with Chile, who qualified in 1998 and missed out in 2002, in fifth place with 12 points and Peru level on nine points at the bottom with Colombia and Bolivia.
Chile, who face Argentina in Santiago, have failed to win in their last three outings or score in their last two.
Peru, who have not qualified for a World Cup since 1982 and are away to Paraguay, have picked up one point out of their last nine and scored once.
La Tercera quoted several un-named Chilean federation members as criticising Olmos and said they had already prepared a list or four possible replacements. Another newspaper, Las Ultimas Noticias, said the coach's future was unknown.
The choices were Argentine Miguel Angel Russo, Paraguayan Gustavo Benitez, Uruguayan Sergio Markarian, who qualified Paraguay for the 2002 World Cup before being fired, and the return of Nelson Acosta, who led Chile in 1998.
The newspaper also listed what it considered to be "Olmos's 10 cardinal sins" such as fielding players out of position, refusing to own up to mistakes and selecting players who are not playing frequently with their clubs.
Olmos has been mostly criticised, however, for banishing midfield playmaker David Pizarro, after he threw a tantrum on being substituted against Colombia last month.
The players refused to discuss the matter. "We don't want this sort of question," said striker Marcelo Salas during training on Tuesday."
Over in Peru, the media has been united in demanding Autuori's head, often quite viciously.
The low-profile Brazilian does not appear to have helped himself by boycotting the entire Peruvian media corps since July.
Autuori insists that his team are still in with a chance and that Peruvian football needs to become more professional in its approach.
Libero insisted, however, that the Peruvian Football Federation had already begun talks for Colombian Gomez, who led Ecuador to their first World Cup appearance in 2002, to take over in time for November's showdown with Chile.
Colombia were the first team to change coaches during the competition when Reinaldo Rueda replaced Francisco Maturana after four games.
Bolivia followed when Acosta agreed to stand down and veteran Ramiro Blacut came in while and Uruguay's flamboyant Juan Ramon Carrasco made way for Jorge Fossati after a 3-0 home defeat by Venezuela.
Gomez left Ecuador following a disappointing Copa America in July and was replaced by fellow Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez.
Then, Marcelo Bielsa resigned out of the blue as Argentina coach in September, less than one month after they won the Olympic football gold medal.
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