Argentina sack manager Jorge Sampaoli after a dismal campaign in the World Cup 2018
Argentina and manager Jorge Sampaoli have reached a mutual agreement over his termination from in charge of the Argentine national team after a disappointing World Cup 2018.
The 2014 Finalists have endured a tough time in the World Cup, with almost getting knocked out of the tournament in the group stage after a draw against Iceland and a loss against Croatia.
Further, a win against the Nigerian side took the South American side to the knockout stages of the tournament where they faced a stern and tough France side in the round of 16’s.
Against France, the Messi led Argentina side went out of the tournament with an entertaining win for the French side. The 58-year-old Sampaoli took charge of the Argentine team in May 2017 and took his team through to the tournament.
AFA statement after Sampaoli’s termination:
BREAKING: Jorge Sampaoli and Argentina have agreed to go their separate ways. pic.twitter.com/hg6aXmVx4r
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 15, 2018
The Argentina Football Association said: “Today, the Argentine Football Association and the former national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli, have mutually agreed to the termination of their contract.”
Sampaoli, earlier in the tournament “begged” for the fans’ forgiveness after a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Croatian side in the group stage of the tournament.
Further, Argentinian legend Diego Maradona, who himself was a World Cup winner had warned earlier in the tournament that Sampaoli “can’t come back to Argentina” after the Iceland game.
The loss against Croatia would be hurtful for the Argentinian supporters with their experienced goalkeeper Willy Caballero making a huge blunder in the lead-up to the goal for the Croatian side. It was Argentina’s heaviest defeat in World Cup since their humiliating loss of 6-1 to Czechoslovakia in 1958.
Who will replace Sampaoli at the helm for Argentina?
There are reports suggesting that two front-line contenders are in line to replace the departing Jorge Sampaoli.
Peru’s World Cup coach Ricardo Gareca is the No.1 candidate, while former Argentina manager and present Columbian head coach Jose Pekerman is in the list of the people who might replace Jorge Sampaoli at Argentina.
Ole report that Jose Pekerman’s name is emerging as a contender, with the Argentinian’s contract with Colombia, whom he coached to the round of 16 at the World Cup, expiring in August.