Argentina and Sergio Batista Part Company After Poor Copa America Campaign

Mark Cohen by Mark Cohen / 26 July 2011, 10:22

Any major tournament tends to bring with it a number of casualties and the 2011 Copa America has proven no different after it was announced that Sergio Batista had left his job as head coach of Argentina. Batista has payed the price for the poor performance of the team through the competition, they were knocked out on penalties in the last eight by eventual winners Uruguay. The high expectations placed on the team were simply not met and Batista has paid the ultimate price, the Argentinian FA have however been quick to say he has not been sacked rather that his contract has been 'rescinded'.

Batista had only been in the role since taking over Diego Maradona last year but already they are now left searching for a Manager who is capable of getting the best out of a very strong squad. One of the main negatives surrounding the performances of Argentina at the Copa America was the below par form of Lionel Messi, the Barcelona player has proven himself as the best player in the world over the past few years but he just failed to sparkle and the blame for for that has been placed on the lap of Sergio Batista.

Attention of course now turns to any potential successor to Batista and while there are no clear favourites at this stage there is no doubt that Diego Maradona will be a name mentioned. The great man was of course in charge of the team up until the World Cup this year and most were disappointed to see him leave the job after the team played some nice football in South Africa. Maradona can of course do no wrong in his native country but he left the job last time with a bitter taste in his mouth after following out with plennty of important people and ther have to be some doubts as to whether or not he will return to the hot seat. The key for Argentina will be to start preparing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil which is now only three days away, there is no doubt they have all the talent needed to win a World Cup and with it being relatively close to home they will be desperate to make the most of a golden generation of players.

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