The President of the Argentine Football Association, Mr. Claudio Tapia has quashed rumours of employing Pep Guardiola for the Albiceleste.
He spoke to mundoalbiceleste in Argentina on Friday and explained the controversy surrounding selection of a new coach for the National team.
“We asked about Guardiola, but it was too difficult for us. We asked about Guardiola and it was impossible. It would have cost us a lot of money. We spoke with Angelici. You have to have tremendous amount of backing (money). It is quite expensive, we’d have to liquidated (assets) and we still might not have enough.”
“We knew that there were coaches that earned as much as Jorge Sampaoli, but when we investigated, we didn’t know that it was that much. But we did make inquiries, we looked to have discussions, but it ended there.”
“Angelici didn’t speak with Sabella and I didn’t speak to Pekerman, we haven’t spoken to anyone. We have to first have to have a project. We have to have a national team commission, we have to speak to the right people and then find a person that is going move the project along.
“I would like to hear the opinions of Menotti, Bilardo, Basile, Basile, Martino, Bielsa, Bauza and many others to see what we have to correct. We also have to listen to historic players. This project has to have the best choice, for everyone.
“There are several coaches that could coach Argentina, but we can’t just look at one. I like Pochettino, Simeone and Gallardo. They are good coaches. We can’t make an urgent choice because things come out badly if done urgently, The AFA President emphasised.
Tapia went ahead to speak of the post Sampoli era,“We have to reset everything; this transition will help us cure ourselves from the wounds left by Jorge Sampaoli. We have to be clear as to what we want to do in order for us to not make the same mistakes.
“Scaloni is a young coach with personality and capability. He already has his badges, he like Aimar are from the national team. They know what it means to wear the jersey. Scaloni could be up to the task, he was Sampaoli’s assistant when he was at Sevilla.
“I don’t regret hiring Sampaoli. When we went after him, no one complained. Today, in hindsight, it is very easy to blame him. We wanted to acquire the identity that his teams had and with Argentina we could not find it.” He concluded