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4 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Sampaoli facing sack

AFP
Sampaoli facing sack

AFP, BUENOS AIRES, Berlin: Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is heading for the exit door following his team's World Cup elimination by France, reports said on Monday.

On the other hand Germany coach Joachim Loew will remain in his job despite the World Cup debacle which saw the holders crash out after the group stages, according to reports on Tuesday.

Rumoured to be at odds with his players, including captain Lionel Messi, Sampaoli is expected to be sacked after just a year in charge, even though there are another four years to run on his contract.

“More alone than a lone madmen,” screamed sports newspaper Ole on its front page. “The exit is that way.”

The problem lies, though, in Sampaoli's reluctance to resign and a contract clause that would oblige the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to pay the 58-year-old around $15 million (13 million euros) to get rid of him, reports said.

“Management want Sampaoli to go, but the coach is resisting,” added Ole, which organised a poll among 100,000 Argentines and found 82 percent wanted rid of the former Chile and Sevilla boss.

He was hired with a big reputation after guiding Chile to the 2015 Copa America title -- beating Argentina on penalties in the final.

He took over the Argentina reins with the two-time world champions struggling to qualify for the finals in Russia after an underwhelming World Cup qualification campaign.

Sampaoli's team drew the first three qualifiers of his rein but Messi scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Ecuador in the final match to send Argentina to Russia.

But things quickly turned sour during the tournament itself as Messi missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with minnows Iceland, followed by a chastening 3-0 defeat to Croatia.

He is expected to arrive back in Buenos Aires on Wednesday with his backroom staff but not the players, who have already left Russia by their own means.

Another report adds from Berlin: Germany coach Joachim Loew will remain in his job despite the World Cup debacle.

Both Germany's best-selling daily Bild and Sport Bild magazine say the 58-year-old will stay on to rebuild the national team, which finished bottom of their group in Russia. The Germans bowed out after shock defeats to Mexico and South Korea.

It was the first time since 1938 that a Germany side failed to get past the first round at a World Cup finals -- a huge dent to Loew's reputation after 12 successful years in charge.

The German Football Association (DFB) has yet to confirm the reports, but Loew has a contract until the 2022 World Cup.

He has promised a clearout of the squad and several of the World Cup winners who under-performed so badly in Russia may have played their last game for their country.

“It needs far-reaching measures, it needs clear change,” Loew said last week when Germany arrived home in disgrace.

Senior players Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller have given Loew their backing, yet could all face the axe after poor displays.

There are, however, reports of player disgruntlement in other quarters with Loew.

Frankfurt-based newspaper FAZ quoted unnamed Germany players who said the squad was deeply divided between senior and younger players in Russia.

There was also resentment to the special status given to captain Manuel Neuer.

 

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