President of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) Claudio ‘Chiqui’ Tapia has bitten back against former national team coach Edgardo Bauza, who yesterday criticized him for the handling of his sacking last month.
“Good men say things face to face. He had the opportunity to talk to me and he didn’t say anything”, said Tapia in a press conference last night.
Asked about his thoughts on Bauza`s comments, who yesterday accused the AFA of being “unprofessional” and ran by “union men” who “know nothing about football”; Tapia said he was “surprised” as the former Argentina, Sao Paolo and San Lorenzo manager had said “nothing” upon his dismissal.
Bauza had also accused Tapia of having plans to hire Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli even before assuming the AFA presidency last month, as well as trying to force Bauza to resign in order to avoid paying out a compensation fee.
“He’s wrong (Bauza) that I contacted Sampaoli before sacking him. That was the first decision I took as President”, said Tapia.
In that case, Tapia seems to have conveniently forgotten the vote of confidence he granted Bauza earlier this month, just four days before relieving him of his duties.
Tapia went on to say that an announcement will be made “at the end of March” with regards to Bauza`s replacement as coach, although it appears a dead-cert that Sampaoli will be the man tasked with taking Argentina to the World Cup next year.
Bauza, meanwhile, revealed last night that he has already had offers from five teams since his departure, with one from the United Arab Emirates`reportedly as one of the suitors.