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Interim Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni is to be offered the job on a permanent basis, according to Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia.


Interim Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni is to be offered the job on a permanent basis, according to Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia.

Former coach Jorge Sampaoli paid the price for Argentina’s poor World Cup showing, as they were dumped out in the last 16 by France in one of the matches of the tournament.

Scaloni, who had previously been in charge of Argentina’s Under-20 side, was handed the reins on a temporary basis in August and presided over six friendly games in charge.

Their one defeat came against Brazil in October, while they have beaten Mexico twice, thrashed Iraq, cruised against Guatemala and drawn with Colombia.

Speaking to members of the executive committee on Thursday, Tapia said: “It is important to know what we want for all our national teams.

“We have seen the work of Lionel Scaloni and, consequently, we are going to offer him continuity until [after] the Copa America.”