New Argentina coach Bauza must coax Messi to rejoin

'BEST': Bauza has won two Copa Libertadores, with San Lorenzo in 2014 and LDU Quito in 2008.


    Aug 03, 2016

    New Argentina coach Bauza must coax Messi to rejoin


    ARGENTINA named coach Edgardo Bauza on Monday to run the national team, as

    the nation seek to regain their football prowess and convince superstar Lionel Messi to return from early retirement.

    Bauza, 58, takes on the job after a strong season at Brazilian club Sao Paulo, whom he coached to the semi-finals

    of the Copa Libertadores.

    He faces the stigma of being the default choice.

    A string of potential coaches - including Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid, Jorge Sampaoli of Sevilla

    and Mauricio Pochettino

    of Tottenham Hotspur -

    reportedly declined

    the job.

    "We were in talks with

    a lot of people, and it seems Mr Bauza is the best,"

    said Perez.

    Bauza has won two Copa Libertadores - one in 2014 with Pope Francis' favourite team, San Lorenzo, the other in 2008 with Ecuadorian side LDU Quito.

    He takes over an Argentina smarting from Barcelona star Messi's abrupt retirement announcement, the departure of coach Gerardo Martino

    and a series of disappointing losses in big tournaments - most recently in the Copa America final, the catalyst

    for Messi's exit.

    Bauza's number one job will be to convince the Barcelona star and five-time World Player of the Year

    to reconsider.

    Meanwhile, he must get Argentina ready for two

    key dates on the 2018

    World Cup qualifying trail: against Uruguay at home

    on Sept 1, and away

    at Venezuela on Sept 6.