By Chineze Ogugua
Argentina has parted ways with coach Jorge Sampaoli following the team’s disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign which saw them bow out in the second round.
The 2014 runners-up went out of the tournament courtesy of a 4-3 defeat by France at the last-16 stage.
The 58-year old who took charge in May 2017, fell out with some of his players which led to the FA appointing Messi as player-coach in their match against Nigeria which they won 2-1.
In a statement b the Argentina Football Association, it read:
“Today, the Argentine Football Association and the former national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli, have mutually agreed to the termination of their contract.”
The team were lucky to qualify after a last match miracle from Messi proved to be the savior but their performances during the group stages of the World Cup didn’t show any level of improvement which led to Argentine legend Maradona calling for his removal.
The AFA also terminated the contracts of physical trainer Jorge Desio and video analyst Matias Manna.
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