The coach of the Argentine Soccer team which won the World Cup last June has resigned from the Argentine Football Association.
SV Cesar Luis Menotti seated with interviewer talking in Spanish about resignation as world famous coach (TWO SHOTS)
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Background: The coach of the Argentine Soccer team which won the World Cup last June has resigned from the Argentine Football Association. Cesar Luis Menotti complained bitterly about the offer he received from the A.F.A. to stay. It is understood that Menotti will go to Uruguay to train the national team there for a reported fee of one million dollars over four years. On Wednesday (27 December) he spoke to newsmen about his resignation.
SYNOPSIS: Menotti said the A.F.A. had turned down his request for one hundred thousand dollars for the first year of coaching the Argentine team, and eight thousand dollars a month thereafter. This, he said, was hardly more than the fees earned by coaches of first Division Argentine teams.
But, Menotti said, it was not only the money. He also complained about the exodus of Argentine players from the side, and the inefficiency of football organisations in Argentina.
Menotti said he would have liked to have continued with the dream of the World Cup, but his situation had not improved since he coached Argentina to its World Cup win in June.
Menotti said he never thought the situation would lead to his resignation. He said the whole affair was a disagreeable surprise to him.
When it was announced that Menotti had resigned over his differences with the A.F.A., he told newsmen then that he was a professional. He had always asked for what he thought was fair, adding that he was not prepared to bargain.