Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli quits after reaching agreement
Jorge Sampaoli is no longer the manager of Chile after reaching an agreement to terminate his contract on Tuesday.
The Argentine coach, who led Chile to the 2015 Copa America title, had been at odds with the nation's federation over compensation for several weeks, but the two sides were at odds at how he would buy out his contract.
Sampaoli reportedly would have had to pay the €6.3 million remaining on the deal, but multiple reports now say that figure dropped to between €600,000 to a little over €1m.
The 55-year-old will pay the federation through the next contract he receives and also forfeits any bonuses from winning the Copa America.
Last week, Sampaoli told ESPN Deportes that he was "being held hostage" by the contract.
The Chilean ANFP said in a statement that the settlement allows Chile to avoid a lengthy court battle and move forward on hiring a new coach.
"Now we will turn to our priority: to do everything possible to qualify for the 2018 World Chile in Russia," ANFP president Arturo Salah said.
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Earlier on Tuesday, Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini said he was not interested in replacing Sampaoli.
"I hope to remain with competitive teams in Europe, I am not thinking about returning to Chile at least for the next three or four years," Pellegrini told Radio Cooperativa.
"There is no chance I would coach over the next couple of years. Arturo has my full support for all that is needed. But being in charge of the national team is not something I would like to do at this time."