Official: Sampaoli leaves Argentina

Argentina have officially parted ways with Coach Jorge Sampaoli after their disappointing World Cup under the former Sevilla boss.

Sampaoli’s departure comes after he agreed a compensation package with the Argentine Football Association (AFA), worth an estimated €1.4m.

He will also no longer lead out the Albiceleste’s Under-20 team at a tournament in the Valencian town of L’Alcudia, which starts on July 28, having previously agreed to do so.

“The Argentine Football Association and Coach Jorge Sampaoli have today mutually agreed the termination of his contract,” the AFA said in a statement.

“Likewise, fitness coach Jorge Desio and video analyst Matias Manna have also been dispensed with.

“Next Tuesday, it will be confirmed who takes charge of the Under-20 Team at the COTIF L’Alcudia 2018 tournament.

“The Association thanks the aforementioned professionals for their work with the national team during their cycle.”

The 58-year-old took over from Edgardo Bauza 13 months ago and initially turned around the South Americans’ fortunes, qualifying them for the 2018 World Cup.

However, a 6-1 defeat to Spain in March was followed by a disappointing finals campaign, which ended at the last-16 stage after a 4-3 loss to France.

He was also heavily criticised for a perceived overreliance on Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and some of his team selections, among them dropping Serie A top goalscorer Mauro Icardi from his squad for Russia and barely using Paulo Dybala.

Sampaoli’s only European experience came at Sevilla during the 2016-17 campaign, when he guided the Andalusians to fourth in La Liga and the Champions League last 16.

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