Ramon Maradiaga (pictured) was El Salvador's head coach for slightly less than a year. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – After less than a year on the job, Ramon Maradiaga is no longer El Salvador’s head coach.
On Thursday, the Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol announced that it reached an amicable agreement to part ways with the 61-year-old Honduran, who replaced interim manager Jorge Rodriguez on September 23, 2015.
El Salvador concluded its participation in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 3-1, fourth-round loss at Canada two days earlier. The Cuscatlecos finished last in Group A with a 0W-2D-4L record, trailing first-place Mexico by 14 points.
As a player, Maradiaga appeared in three games at the 1982 FIFA World Cup and also competed at the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship (now the FIFA U-20 World Cup). He went into coaching in 1992 and has led numerous teams, including Motagua, Marathon, Aguila, Real España and Municipal, as well as Guatemala.
Although no timeframe was given for hiring a replacement, El Salvador will soon turn its attention towards January’s Central American Cup, the region’s qualifying competition for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.