Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli has finally admitted that he cannot turn down the opportunity to coach the Argentina national team if such an offer comes along.
Argentina are without a manager after recently sacking Edgardo Bauza. The national team has been going through a poor patch of form under the regime of Bauza so much so that their appearance in the World Cup 2018 has been put under a cloud of doubt. The national team are just outside the automatic qualification spots. As it stands, the 1986 World Cup winners will have to go to a play-off in order to reach the final of the competition in Russia.
Argentina are not in a hurry to appoint a new manager, as they are aware that the next qualification games do not take place until August. One of the potential candidates appears to be Jorge Sampaoli, who has been heavily linked with an exit from Sevilla after a disappointing end to the season.
The club looked like a realistic title challenger alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid only a few months ago. However, the club have been going through a very poor patch of form in the second half of the campaign. As a result, Sevilla will only finish in the fourth spot and will have to go to a qualifier in order to reach the Champions League group stages.
As an Argentine, Sampaoli says that it will be hard to turn down Argentina. He has the experience of coaching the Chilean national team. "My country wants me as national team coach and I've had that dream since I was a boy.Last summer, I couldn't leave because I had already committed myself to Sevilla and built the squad alongside [former sporting director] Monchi.This time, it is different. The opportunity to guide the national team has come along again and, as an Argentinian, I cannot turn it down,” said Sampaoli.