Due to their precarious World Cup 2010 qualification standings, a group made up of presidents of football clubs from Argentina’s Primera Division – The Apertura, have set up a campaign, known as the “Project Guardiola 2010” that seeks to have FC Barcelona’s coach Pep Guardiola to head the Argentina national team after the World Cup in South Africa
They see Guardiola as the ideal man to lead the Albicelestes, as he has the know-how to get the best out of Lionel Messi.
“Argentina has a diamond in the rough, it is Messi, and none of the national experts have been able to get the best out of him,” Spanish daily Marca quotes the group as saying. “In contrast with Guardiola at Barcelona, Messi won three tournaments in a year.”
They also quote Sergio Batista, who leads the Olympic team to gold in Beijing in 2008, as another coach who can get the best out of Messi but doubt his ability to excel at the national level.
“Some people don’t want a foreign coach, but national coaches have failed to exploit Messi’s ability, except Batista, but he is not qualified to lead the national side,” one of them is quoted as saying.
One of the groups seeking the Blaugrana coach says Spain winning the World Cup next year, would be the ideal scenario.
“Argentina is virtually out of the World Cup so we need to pray that Spain win it, so they don’t go looking for Guardiola as coach.”
Source: Sports Illustrated