Gerardo Martino has resigned from his post as Argentina’s manager. With just one month left before the start of the Olympic games.
Tata had previously stated he will not quit the job following their second consecutive Copa final loss.
However, Messi’s international retirement and unrest within the Argentine Football Association and serious problems with squad selection ahead of the Games, has forced him to reconsider. As he announced his decision to quit at a meeting on Tuesday.
Martino had taken over following the 2014 World Cup, and lost just one competitive match during his time as coach, against Ecuador in a September 2015 World Cup qualifier.
In total the coach won 19 of the 29 games he directed, with seven draws and three defeats.
However, failure to win silverware for Argentina has made the former Barcelona coach a target for fans. As Argentina’s silverware drought stretches to 23 years, following three consecutive final defeats.