Sabella named Argentina coach

Argentina have appointed Alejandro Sabella as national team coach to replace sacked Sergio Batista, Argentinian Football Association General Secretary Jose Luis Meiszner announced.

"The decision has been taken. Sabella is the choice," Meiszner told news agency Telam.

The decision has been taken. Sabella is the choice.
Jose Luis Meiszne, AFA General Secretary

Argentina's Copa America quarter-final exit to Uruguay earlier this month cost Batista his job even though he had only replaced Diego Maradona just eight months prior.

Sabella, who is 56-years-old and began his playing career with River Plate in his home city of Buenos Aires, won the Copa Libertadores with Estudiantes two years ago. That success was instrumental in pushing him to the front of the queue to replace Batista.