Gerardo Martino resigns as Argentina manager
Argentina manager Gerardo Martino has resigned from his job following the team’s loss in the Copa America Centenario final, the Argentina FA announced Tuesday.
According to the statement from the AFA, Martino has apparently resigned due to “uncertainty in naming new AFA authorities & serious problems naming an Olympic squad.”
Martino guided the team to consecutive Copa America finals, but both ended with penalty-kick losses to Chile. He was supposed to coach in this summer’s Olympics, and World Cup qualification is set to continue in the fall. Martino, a native of Argentina, took over the team in August 2014, following one season at the helm of FC Barcelona.
The Argentine federation is in a state of upheaval, with Lionel Messi stating his intentions to retire from international play, though he may reportedly return in November for World Cup qualification. Other players including Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria are reportedly mulling international retirement as well.
FIFA recently took control of Argentina’s federation after its president, Luis Segura, was charged with fraud related to TV broadcasting rights last week. FIFA will assemble an “normalization committee” to run the organization in the interim.