Martino quits as Argentina coach

Martino quits as Argentina coach

Martino quits as Argentina coach

Gerardo Martino has stepped down as Argentina coach.

Martino who took over from Alejandro Sabella after the 2014 World Cup resigns after leading the country to two consecutive Copa America finals.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino, fresh from steering the senior national team to the Copa America Centenario final in the United States last month, was due to begin training with the Olympic squad this week but does not even have 11 players to make up a team.

Argentina last month lost to Chile on penalties in the final of the Copa America for the second time in two years, extending their wait for a major global title to 23 years.

His departure was another blow to the national team after the shock worldwide retirement of star player Lionel Messi after the latest Copa defeat.

In a statement Martino indicated he quit because of a "lack of decisions" at the head of the Argentine FA (AFA) and "serious problems" in selecting a squad for the Olympics.

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In addition, the Argentine federation is facing charges of financial corruption and mismanagement.

"I have started talking with the football leadership, some club presidents", Werthein said.

It has been claimed that striker Paulo Dybala and defender Ramiro Funes Mori are among the players who will not compete at the Games, with their club sides Juventus and Everton having reportedly denied Argentina permission for them to compete. "We have worked hand-in-hand...for Argentina to have a team".

Argentina is to open against Portugal on August 4 in the men's football tournament.

Barca forward Messi subsequently called time on his global career, putting further pressure on Martino to make way for a new technical set-up ahead of the summer Olympic Games.

Considering Martino's success with Paraguay, then Newell's Old Boys and Argentina (with a rocky year at Barcelona thrown in), he won't be unemployed for long.