Jorge Sampaoli quits as Argentina’s manager after disappointing World Cup campaign

Jorge Sampaoli quits as Argentina’s manager after disappointing World Cup campaign

- Jorge Sampaoli has resigned from his post following a disappointing World Cup in Russia

- The Argentine Football Association and the ex-Albiceleste manager reached a mutual agreement on Sunday

- Sampaoli’s exit means the former world champions in 1978 and 1986 will commence another hunt for their fourth manager

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has resigned from his post following a disappointing World Cup in Russia where the South Americans were sent packing in the round of 16 by France enroute to winning the trophy.

"The Argentine Football Association and the ex-coach of the national team Jorge Sampaoli today reached a mutual agreement to rescind his contract," the Argentina FA disclosed in a statement on Sunday.

Furthermore, the Football Federation also took out time to thank the former Chile coach alongside his assistants for their services to the Albiceleste.

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Interestingly, Sampaoli’s exit means the former world champions in 1978 and 1986 will commence another hunt for their fourth manager in the last four years.

Sampaoli took over the Albiceleste job 12 months with the responsibility of presenting a team that will reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia and then battle for the trophy.

The Albiceleste were able to qualify for the Mundial largely due to Lionel Messi’s brilliance with a win in their last game.

However, Argentina’s Albiceleste failed to shine in a group where they tackled Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. After playing out a 1-1 draw in the first match, they lost the second and had to bank on a late strike before winning the third to progress into the last 16, where they went down 4-3 to France’s Les Bleus.

At the last count, the trio of Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid and River Plate's Marcelo Gallardo, are among possible replacement suggested by local media.

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Others are the duo of Jose Pekerman, who coached Colombia in Russia, and Ricardo Gareca, who was at the helms of affairs in Peru’s first World Cup in 36 years, are also in the running with Jorge Almiron of Atletico Nacional and Matias Almeyda after stepping down at Mexican club Chivas.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Argentine Football Association (AFA) want Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to take over from Jorge Sampaoli.

According to a UK Sun report, eggheads of the AFA are eager to reunite the Spaniard with former player, Lionel Messi, cancelling Sampaoli’s contract following a poor show at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Previously, the former Barcelona boss has signaled his ambition to handle the Albiceleste squad someday, according to Spain’s news channel Sport.

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