Argentina boss loses job after Copa America

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Updated: July 26, 2011

Argentina’s football manager Sergio Batista has lost his job following the country’s poor showing at the Copa America.

The Argentine Football Association confirmed that Batista had resigned after the side were knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals.They had been expected to win the competition as it was being held in their own country.

“The national teams commission has decided to rescind the contract,” said AFA spokesman Ernesto Cherquis Bialo.

“Batista wasn’t sacked” Bialo said. “(Batista) put his future as the head of the national team up for consideration by the (AFA) executive committee.”

It was also announced that a friendly against Romania in Bucharest next month had been cancelled as the AFA begin the process of finding a new manager and looking at the players currently at their disposal.

Bialo added: “The coaching staff of Argentina teams at all levels are under evaluation by the national teams commission.
“There are no deadlines, there’s no rush, no urgency (to name a new coach) so there will be a process of consideration and study.”

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