The Argentina Football Association, AFA has fired coach Jorge Sampaoli after their disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign.
AFA is understood to have agreed a 1.6m-dollar compensation package with Sampaoli – a severance figure far lower than the 20m-dollar fee said to be in his contract.
This comes after the AFA demoted Sampaoli to take charge of the Argentina Under-20s at this month’s L’Alcúdia international tournament in Spain, an appointment he declined.
After securing World Cup qualification following his appointment last June, the heavily criticised coach oversaw an underwhelming Argentina to a last-16 exit at the hands of France, having required a late winner against Nigeria to avoid group-stage elimination.
There are reports that the AFA is in talks with Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola to take charge of the side, though it remains unclear what arrangement will be made seeing as he’s still commited to the Premier League champions.
Sampaoli, 58, oversaw seven wins, four draws and four defeats in his 15 games in charge of the Albiceleste.