Jul 11, 2014, 4:14 PM EST
Alejandro Sabella is most definitely done with Argentina…maybe.
The agent of Argentina’s head coach says the 59-year-old is done managing the national team whether they win the World Cup final or not.
“He’s off. Whatever happens, Sabella will be leaving the national side,” Sabella’s agent Eugino Lopez told newspaper Olé.
“If they’re champion or not, it’s the end of a cycle. At least that’s what I believe. He might change his mind, but I doubt it. Alejandro’s idea is different to the board’s (who want him to continue). Cycles end. He was always going to finish the World Cup and say goodbye to the side.”
Lopez did not give a reason why his client was likely to step down.
Sabella has managed Argentina since 2011, only his second head coaching job. He spent years as the Robin to Daniel Passarella’s Batman, with time at Parma, Monterrey, Corinthians, and the Argentinian and Uruguayan teams.
He received his first managerial position in 2009 with Estudiantes, leading them to the Copa Libertadores title.
The Argentine has been given much of the credit for guiding his country’s national team to the World Cup final. While it’s a team blessed with attacking prowess, including one of the world’s best in Lionel Messi, but he’s built the team’s structure so the defense can flourish, and it’s paid off. While they’ve left some matches late, Argentina has not trailed for a single second this entire World Cup.
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