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Lionel Scaloni to resign as Argentina’s manager?

Argentina's World Cup-winning manager, Lionel Scaloni, says he is considering leaving after five years in the position.

Argentina’s World Cup-winning manager, Lionel Scaloni, says he is considering leaving after five years in the position.

Surprise Departure Post Victory

Following Argentina’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying triumph over Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, coach Scaloni unexpectedly announced his departure. 

The 45-year-old strategist had previously led Argentina to victory in the Copa America in 2021 and guided them to triumph in the World Cup held in Qatar last year.

A Need for Reflection and Rejuvenation

Scaloni expressed the necessity for Argentina to have a coach with boundless energy and robust health. He shared his personal need to pause, reflect, and recalibrate. 

“Argentina needs a coach who has all the energy possible and who is well,” mentioned Scaloni, outlining his reasons for contemplating a break.

Complexities of Sustaining Success

Acknowledging the high standards set and the challenges of maintaining victory, Scaloni expressed his admiration for the team’s relentless pursuit of excellence. He highlighted the complexities in continuing to lead and achieve at such a high level.

A Temporary Pause

Insisting it’s not a final goodbye, Scaloni hinted at taking time to deliberate. He plans to engage with the Football Association president and the players post-contemplation. This unexpected decision leaves Argentina in a period of uncertainty regarding their coaching staff’s future.

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