Ex-Barcelona boss takes Argentina job

Argentina have appointed Gerardo Martino as their new coach, replacing Alejandro Sabella, who led them at the World Cup.

After their World Cup final disappointment, Argentina will look to ex-Barcelona man Gerardo Martino to take the team on.

Martino left his position at the Camp Nou at the end of last season after Barcelona failed to win a major trophy for the first time since 2007-08.

The Argentine coach picked up 40 wins in 59 games in charge in Catalonia but his side failed to step up to the mark when it mattered most.

A quarter-final Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid and slipping out of title contention left Martino cutting an unhappy figure in the latter stages of the season.

The 51-year-old has extensive international experience, having coached Paraguay between 2006 and 2011 and he pulled off the impressive feat of leading the South American side to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2010.

The often controversial Sabella decided to leave the Argentina job after suffered an agonising 1-0 extra-time defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup final.

The Argentine Football Association have announced the decision on their official website and Martino will be given his formal unveiling at a press conference tomorrow afternoon.

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