Friday, 29th July, 2011

Argentina have appointed Alejandro Sabella as the country’s new coach after deeming former Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal not to be a serious contender.

Talk had been growing that Van Gaal would be ready to move to take charge of the South American country. This was increased by the revealing fact that the Dutchman had an international clause in his contract with Bayern Munich.

This clause allowed the Dutchman to leave the Allianz Arena if Spain, Germany, England, Holland or Argentina made an approach for him to take over.

And this quickly led to suggestions that Van Gaal would welcome the opportunity to return to the game with Argentina.

The Argentine Football Association though did not consider Van Gaal’s proposed candidature as serious and he was not included on their shortlist.

Indeed, Sabella has been handed the task of reviving the South American giants.

The former Estudiantes coach turned down a lucrative opportunity to boss United Arab Emirates side Al Jazira to take the job in succession to Sergio Batista.

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