Report: Argentina expected to sack Bauza, hire Sampaoli

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With Argentina currently teetering on the edge of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, the country’s federation is reportedly ready to make a change at the helm.

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According to ESPN FC, Argentina is set to sack manager Edgardo Bauza after his side recently lost to Bolivia during WCQ.

Argentina was forced to play that match against Bolivia without Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who served the first of his four-match suspension for verbally abusing a linesman during the Albiceleste’s 1-0 win over Chile.

ESPN FC reports that the Argentine federation is preparing to unanimously vote out Bauza and replace him with Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli, who previously coached the Chilean national team.

With Sampaoli reportedly eager to take the reigns of the Albiceleste and Sevilla’s sporting director exiting the La Liga side, everything appears to be in place for the veteran manager to take charge of the South American side.

Argentina currently sits fifth in CONMEBOL WCQ with four matches remaining in the final qualifying round. If the Albiceleste remain in fifth, they would have to face the top side from Oceania in a playoff to reach World Cup 2018 in Russia.