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syc
26th July 2011, 03:18 PM
Argentina have dispensed with the services of coach Sergio Batista, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced.

Batista's future at the helm of the South American giants had come under scrutiny following the team's failure to go beyond the quarter-finals at Copa America while hosting the competition.

Argentina were knocked out of the tournament after losing to eventual winners Uruguay on penalties, a result that followed two draws and one victory in the group stage.

The decision was made after Batista met with the AFA's executive committee earlier on Monday at the association's headquarters in Ezeiza.

AFA's spokesman Cherquis Bialo said at a press conference: "I would like to inform you that after a cordial and friendly telephone conversation between Sergio Batista and [AFA president] Julio Grondona, Mr. Batista left the decision to the selection committee.

"The committee has decided to rescind its contract with Batista and suspend the friendly match with Romania to consider who will take on the duties of the national team. There are no deadlines to decide a successor; the decision will be made in time.
"Meanwhile, the rest of the national team coaches will be reviewed and evaluated."

However, Bialo confirmed that "Batista wasn't fired" and when asked if the coach would be given compensation as his contract was due to expire in 2014, he stated: "It is an administrative matter and I cannot comment on it.

"Batista, like all the coaches in Argentina, never left to receive his payments. The coaches of the national team usually receive payment only for their work."

Batista, 48, took over from Diego Maradona after the 2010 World Cup finals initially on a temporary basis, but landed a permanent role just three months into the job.

MegaMeister
26th July 2011, 03:23 PM
Maradona will be smiling from ear to ear.