Argentina appoint Sabella new coach

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Argentina on Thursday appointed Alejandro Sabella as national team coach to replace sacked Sergio Batista, the federation’s general secretary Jose Luis Meiszner announced. “The decision has been taken. Sabella is the choice,” Meiszner told official news agency Telam. Argentina’s Copa America quarter-final exit to Uruguay earlier this month cost Batista his job even though he had only replaced Diego Maradona just eight months earlier. Batista was vilified in the press for not seeming to know his best team — he chopped and changed after a poor start before Carlos Tevez, whom he dropped after two games, returned to miss the decisive spotkick against Uruguay.