Paraguay appoint Francisco Arce as new coach

The Copa America runners-up have moved in quickly to find a successor to Martino and have named a former player of the national team as the new man in charge of the squad
Paraguay have announced they have installed Rubio Nu boss Francisco Arce as their new national team coach.

The appointment of Arce comes in the aftermath of Gerardo Martino stepping down as coach earlier on Friday following a runners-up finish at Copa America.

Arce, 40, represented Paraguay during his playing days, having taken up a coaching role with Rubio Nu in 2007, one year after retiring from football.

"From this date forward, Francisco Arce is no longer coach of Rubio Nu and he assumes the position of coach of the Paraguay national football team," said Alejandro Dominguez, vice-president of the Paraguayan Football Association (APF), at a press conference.

"He will have all the freedom to work, just like all his predecessors did. We will support him at all times."

During his time in charge of Rubio Nu, Arce guided the club to promotion in 2008 and made it one of the country's strongest sides, which is why he believes he has the credentials to guide the national team.

"I have enough capacity and suitability for this job. There is no time to lose," Arce noted.

Paraguay's first World Cup 2014 qualifier is scheduled for October 7, against Peru, in Lima.