Argentina confirms it: Sevilla's Sampaoli is coach target

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 29, 2017 08:43 AM
Argentina confirms it: Sevilla's Sampaoli is coach target
FILE - In this March 14, 2017 file photo, Sevilla's head coach Jorge Sampaoli shouts to his team during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Leicester City and Sevilla at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England. Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia has said that Sampaoli is his choice to lead Argentina's national team. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Jorge Sampaoli is the national coach Argentina wants to replace Edgardo Bauza, who was fired this month.

Claudio Tapia, the head of the Argentine Football Association, called Sevilla coach Sampaloi the "chosen one" in an interview with ESPN.

Tapia says the AFA leadership wants to be "respectful" and deal with Sevilla when the Spanish season finishes.

Sampaoli, an Argentine, is under contract until June 30, 2018. He said he knows of AFA's interest but will not talk until the season ends.

Argentina is fifth in South American qualifying with four matches remaining. The top four teams advance automatically. The fifth-place team faces a playoff.

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