It seems it’s just a matter of time until Edgardo Bauza gets sacked by Argentina. The entire South American press is pretty sure it’s happening, as the manager hasn’t been able to impress after 8 months in charge.
Although Jorge Sampaoli is the main man for the job, there are a few others who keep being linked, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino.
Last week, it was claimed Pochettino is on this list, and we recalled that last year, a family friend told a Norwegian newspaper the manager would like to take charge of the national team one day. This story went out in April 2016.
But it seems Pochettino isn’t in a rush, or at least he wasn’t last summer. That’s because La Nación has a story on Bauza, which claims that before he took the job in August last year, the Tottenham manager was one of several who rejected the role.
With an entire season ahead for Spurs, Pochettino chose to continue his work at White Hart Lane instead of trying to be his country’s saviour.
It may have been a good decision. As reported by UOL today, the AFA seem completely lost. After hiring a new manager, they will be paying three different bosses at the same time, as hey still haven’t paid off the Tata Martino, and will have to compensate Edgardo Bauza.
Whoever takes the job now have some hard work ahead. Despite having one of the best teams in the continent, Argentina are currently fifth place in the World Cup Qualifiers. As only four get a straight spot in the tournament, their current position would mean a play-off.
With Tottenham full of optimism, and Argentina typically stuttering forward through melancholy, Pochettino can breath a sigh of relief.