Argentina to open talks with Diego Simeone

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 25 July 2016, 14:46

Argentina are set to step up their search for a new manager by interviewing Diego Simeone via... video conference.

According to The Mirror the cash-strapped Argentine Football Association will open talks with the Atletico Madrid boss about the possibility of taking over the national team on a part-time basis.

However, these talks will have to be taken place over a video conference as the board members reportedly can't afford to make the flight over to the Spanish capital.

Gerardo Martino stepped down from his position after Argentina lost out to Chile, on penalties, in the recent Copa America final.

A number of managers have been linked with the vacancy, including Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino,  former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa, Sao Paulo manager Edgardo Bauza and the former Argentina midfielder Miguel Angel Russo, while it's not yet known whether Simeone is interested in the Los Rojiblancos hotseat.

The 46-year-old can currently count himself as one of the top managers in the game today, having enjoyed a stunning rise up the managerial ladder since taking charge of Atletico in 2011.

Under Diego the club won La Liga for the first time since 1996, while he's also hoisted the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, plus two runners-up finishes in the Champions League.

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