As stated in the AFA website, we can say it is Official!
Alejandro SABELLA has already informed AFA President Julio GRONDONA that he does not wish to continue his role as manager of Argentina. Though the news broke out yesterday, GRONDONA made the announcement today at the AFA Executive Committee meeting.
The reasons behind SABELLA’s decision are very unclear at the moment as it could down to personal (lack of energy and wanting a break, just as he had mentioned upon the team’s arrival from Brazil) or perhaps offers elsewhere (I’m hearing about an offer from Monaco). Whatever it is we just don’t know for sure.
I must admit that this was inventible since his assistant made this announcement prior before the World Cup Final although in recent weeks I kept my fingers crossed on hoping he would stay.
Tomorrow at about 4pm local time, SABELLA will hold a press conference and perhaps we might get the real picture behind his decision.
In my opinion, SABELLA will go down as one of the best manager that Argentina had during my time. The journey that we’ve been through over the last 3 years since his appointment after the disappointing Copa America is somewhat amazing. Not to forget, he made Argentina flourish in attack and some quality defensive approach.
He will leave with an overall record of42 matches in charge; 26 wins, 10 draws and 6 losses (1 out of which will probably hurt the most).
So what’s next….
It’s back to the drawing board for the AFA as they will need to appoint a new manager soon to prepare the team for the upcoming friendly against Germany in September, Brazil and Hong Kong in October.
Of course, there is also the big assignment for next year which is the Copa America and the 2018 World Cup qualifier which will start after that.
Several names have been thrown around as potential replacement with Tata MARTINO and Jose PEKERMAN leading the way.
We do hope hear something soon.