Argentina Sacks Manager Edgardo Bauza With World Cup Hopes In Tatters

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Two-time World Cup winners Argentina has sacked manager Edgardo Bauza after a string of poor results.

Bauza, 59, was in charge of eight World Cup qualifiers for the Albiceleste, winning only three and leaving the team on the brink of elimination in the qualification campaign for the Russia Mundial.

We’ve reached an agreement. We’ve told Bauza he’s ceased to be the national team coach,” Argentine Football Association newly elected president Claudio Tapia told reporters in Buenos Aires.

Bauza took over in August following the exit of Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who resigned after Argentina fell to Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario.

Argentina presently sit fifth in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, one-point adrift of automatic qualifying slots with four rounds of qualifiers left.

The top four in the 10-nation group go through to the 2018 finals, while the fifth-placed country qualifies for a playoff against a team from Oceania.

Talisman Lionel Messi is poised to miss Argentina’s next three qualifiers after earning a four-game suspension for hurling insults at an assistant referee in a 1-0 win over Chile last month.

Media reports have linked Sevilla’s Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli (who has never disguised his ambition to take charge of the national team) with the job, after he steered neighbouring Chile to the Copa America title in 2015.

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