If the press were to be believed Edgardo Bauza was already out of his job and Sevilla’s Jorge Sampaoli was a shoo-in for the Argentina job. However, the Copa América winning coach was quick to deny such claims and insisted that his focus was solely on the Andalusians next fixture.
With speculation regarding Edgardo Bauza’s departure as Argentina manager growing there was one question on everyone’s lips as Jorge Sampaoli faced the press on Saturday ahead of Sevilla’s La Liga clash with Sporting Gijón on Sunday.
“It isn’t fair as there is still a coach working and I haven’t spoken to anyone,” Sampaoli insisted when asked about the possible vacancy and his own link to the job.
“I am only focused on tomorrow’s match with Sporting; that is something that they must resolve in Argentina. I haven’t had any contact on the subject.”
Between Sampaoli telling Olé last week that he dreams of managing Messi and Sevilla’s influential sporting director Monchi announcing his departure from the club, it has only served to strengthen links between Argentina and the 57-year-old.
“I had a couple of meetings with the [Sevilla’s] president, talking about generalities and thinking about Monchi’s departure and now we will see what the project is.
“He promised me that we will have a meeting to see if I can help in the future or not.”
Sampaoli’s current deal with the club expires at the end of next season and although Sevilla would like to extend that beyond 2018, president Pepe Castro has admitted that there is a €1.5 million termination clause.
With Monchi instrumental in bringing Sampaoli to Sevilla, his departure in addition to the former Chilean national team coach’s desire to manage Argentina, could benefit the AFA, provided the necessary funds are available.