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Pinto Quits Costa Rica

  • ESPN FC, Friday, July 25, 2014 11:36 AM

Jorge Luis Pinto, who guided Costa Rica to a surprise quarterfinal finish at the World Cup in Brazil, has decided to quit his post after failing to agree to a new contract. The Costa Rican soccer federation (FCF) on Thursday confirmed the Colombian tactician’s departure.

On his Web site, Pinto announced the departure in acrimonious circumstances, claiming that unnamed members of his coaching staff wanted him to be fired 18 months ago: "I slept with the enemy for 1½ years," he wrote. "I had my differences with the staff. They don't share my style. I'm demanding. I want dedication and effort." He added: "I realized I would not be able to count on conditions to carry out my work. So it wasn't possible to reach an agreement" to renew his contract.

Eduardo Li, president of the FCF, said primary assistants Paulo Wanchope and Luis Marin would handle the team until a replacement is named.

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