Sergio Batista Refuses To Step Down As Argentina Coach

Several members of the AFA have asked for the trainer to step down, but Batista is determined to keep command of the national team despite a poor Copa America showing
Sergio Batista has affirmed that he has no intention of walking away from the helm of the Argentina national team, despite strong calls from the media and some members of the Argentine FA for the coach to step down.

As reported by in the early hours of Friday morning, the trainer has come under fierce pressure in the aftermath of Argentina's early exit from the tournament. The AFA are reportedly reviewing his continuity as well as that of manager Carlos Bilardo after several members of the association's executive committee made public their wishes for his removal.

According to the Argentine media, a decision is expected by Monday, with Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino and ex-Estudiantes man Alejandro Sabella early front-runners to take over. Speaking on Friday, however, Batista assured that he intended to stay in charge going into the World Cup qualifiers, which kick off in October.

"These days have been for silence and reflection, and thinking about the right and wrong choices we made. As well as seeing the reactions from different sectors," the coach told Clarin.

"I have a lot of confidence and the will to continue."

Batista admitted that mistakes were made during the Copa America campaign, which ended prematurely with a penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Uruguay in the quarter-final. He then restated that the objective must be to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.

"I have always said that we have to think about the World Cup. This is the big goal, although we would have loved to win here. My focus though has always been the World Cup, and it still is."

Batista is expected to meet with FA officials on Monday, where his future at the helm will be decided. 

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