It’s official. Minutes after they had made the decision, Claudio Tapia, the president of the Argentine Football Association, told reporters
we’ve reached an agreement. We’ve told Bauza he’s ceased to be the national team coach
The 59-year-old paid the price for Argentina’s bad results in the World Cup qualifiers, and some truly poor displays. He served the Albiceleste in eight games, produced only three wins, and, maybe more importantly, the overall performance of the team in most games was pitiful, making the Argentines themselves doubt if their national team deserves to make it to Russia next year.
Edgardo Bauza had succeeded Gerardo Martino after his withdrawal from the national team, following Argentina’s defeat in the final of the Copa America Centenario, in the United States, less than a year ago.
As for who could replace Bauza, Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli has been heavily linked with the job for weeks now, he has said in various occasions that he can’t just leave the club less than a year after taking charge, but, at the same time, he has acknowledged that managing his national team would be a top honour.
Argentina are sitting 5th in the table, and if they finish there, they will have to go through play-offs against a team from Oceania to secure a ticket to the World Cup finals.