The Argentina Football Association has finally done what its fans have been clamoring for and fired head coach Jorge Sampaoli following La Albiceleste’s dreadful World Cup campaign.
“Today, the Argentine Football Association and the former national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli, have mutually agreed to the termination of their contract,” the AFA stated via their official website on Sunday.
“Likewise, the Physical Trainer, Jorge Desio and the video analyst, Matías Manna, also disassociated themselves.”
The AFA also announced that they will decide who takes charge of the Under-20 side for the 2018 COTIF tournament, which is set to begin on July 28, by Tuesday.
“Next Tuesday it will be defined who will be in charge of the Under 20 Team in the COTIF L’Alcudia 2018 tournament,” they added.
According to the Argentinian daily sports newspaper Ole, AFA will pay Sampaoli $2m for early termination of his duties instead of $20Mln indicated in his contract which was initially valid until 2020.
In June, media reported that the Argentina players unanimously voted for Sampaoli to be sacked as the team’s head coach after they were held to 1-1 draw by Iceland and thrashed 3-0 by Croatia in their opening two World Cup games.
Sampaoli won the Copa America with Chile back in 2015 before leaving to coach Spanish side Sevilla the following year. He took up the post as Argentina boss last May but, just a little over a year later, has severed ties in the wake of a shameful World Cup showing.