Sevilla allow Jorge Sampaoli to accept Argentina job

Posted May 27, 2017

Sevilla and Argentina confirm Jorge Sampaoli will take over as manager of his country's national team.

It is understood negotiations hinged over the AFA's willingness to pay a release clause in Sampaoli's contract with the Spanish club.

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Sevilla and the Argentine Football Association (AFA) have reached an agreement in principle to release manager Jorge Sampaoli from his contract so he can become head coach of Argentina.

"All parties are satisfied with the agreement".

Sampaoli has one more season remaining on his contract.

This principle of agreement is pending of the drafting and presentation of the pertinent documents.

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The former Chile coach was offered the job last August shortly after taking the helm of Sevilla but made a decision to remain in charge of the club.

Argentina fired predecessor Edgardo Bauza in April.

The Albiceleste - second in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings - are now fifth in the South American group having lost four of their 14 fixtures to date, a record which cost Bauza his job after just eight months.

Sampaoli's exploits with Sevilla this season, where he guided the team to fourth place in La Liga and the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, attracted the attentions of a number of clubs, not least Barcelona.

The fifth-ranked side will advance to a playoff against the top nation from Oceania.

Argentina's next outing is the MCG friendly against Brazil on June 9 with their next World Cup qualifier away to Uruguay on August 31.