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    Sunday, 18 November 2018

    We tried to hire Guardiola – Argentina FA

    Argentina explored the possibility of appointing Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola but found it was financially impossible , the president of the country’ s football association has said , Soccernet reports .

    Argentina parted company with Jorge Sampaoli last month after a disappointing World Cup campaign , with Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar taking over on an interim basis.
    AFA president Claudio Tapia confirmed that Guardiola had been approached to lead a new long - term project .

    “ You have to have a fat wallet , ” he told TyC Sports . “ It was impossible . At the time we made enquiries , but you need to have a big economic backup .

    “ It is very difficult . We would have needed to mortgage the whole (of the AFA) to pay for him , and even that might not have been enough .
    “ We were prepared to make an effort . We analysed it, we knew he was expensive, but we did not think so much . But yeah , we made some research , we tried to talk but it stayed there. ”

    Tapia named Tottenham’ s Mauricio Pochettino , Atletico Madrid ’ s Diego Simeone and River Plate ’ s Marcelo Gallardo as potential candidates for the job , but stressed that a final decision would not be made until December .

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