AFA will decide the fate of Sergio Batista on Monday - Argentina's Carlos Bilardo

The general manager of the Argentine national team has revealed that a meeting has been planned with the under-fire coach, where his leadership will be put under the microscope
Argentina general manager Carlos Bilardo has revealed in an interview that the future of coach Sergio Batista will be scrutinised in the coming week by the Argentine Football Association [AFA].

The tactician has come under a barrage of criticism from various quarters after Argentina endured a poor Copa America campaign, in which they were dumped out of the competition in the quarter-final stage on penalties by Uruguay.

Batista's advisor Bilardo appeared on radio station Radio Belgrano in an attempt to clarify the coach's position after a previous interview on Friday with La Red, where he remained very tight-lipped on the situation

"Expect to see activity on Monday, it is a matter of waiting." the 1986 World Cup-winner originally said.

However, his coy stance led to reports linking him with discussions with other coaches to possibly replace Batista, as many interpreted that his words meant a decision had been made against the coach.

"All I know is that there is a meeting on Monday in Ezeiza," insisted Bilardo, who on Thursday had met with AFA president Julio Grondona.

"I've said nothing and know nothing. I have not spoken to anyone, not with [Estudiantes coach Miguel Angel] Russo, or with [Al-Jazira coach Alejandro] Sabella."

If a decision is made to sack Batista, Argentina will be looking to appoint their fifth coach in just seven years.

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