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Argentina Eye Pochettino, Simeone, Sampaoli For Managerial Job

Posted: Jul 23, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor | Lagos

Argentina is lining up three of its ex-internationals which include Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone and Jorge Sampaoli for the vacant Argentina coach’s position, according to reports.

The National Football Association (AFA) chief, Armando Perez, would fly to Spain to discuss with the Atletico Madrid’s boss, Simeone and Sevilla’s Sampaoli.

Argentina FA sources told broadsheet La Nacion that the AFA boss would also hold talks with Tottenham’s Pochettino, 44.

It is doubtful if the ex-Argentina international (Pochettino) who was recently given a contract by Spurs to last till 2022 will accept the offer.

It was also reported that Perez also planned to speak to Lionel Messi on his return. He intends to convince the Barcelona forward and former Argentina captain to reverse his recent decision to quit international football.

Messi made the decision last month after the national side lost to Chile on penalties in the Copa America final. Coach Gerardo Martino resigned a week later, reportedly over problems in naming a side for next month’s Rio Olympics.

“It would be gratifying for everyone to persuade Messi to desist from his decision to quit,” Perez told reporters.