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Official: Jorge Sampaoli becomes the new Santos manager

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Santos have announced they’ve reached an agreement with Jorge Sampaoli to become their new head coach

The 58-year-old has been out of work since leaving his role as Argentina manager in the summer after their disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign.

Upon taking charge in May 2017, Sampaoli led Argentina through a difficult qualifying phase with Lionel Messi’s hat-trick against Ecuador in their final game securing them a place in Russia.

However, things at the World Cup went below expectations with Argentina suffering a big defeat to Croatia in the group stages before being knocked out in the last-16 by eventual winners France.

But now Sampaoli is back in the dugout with Santos, who announced on their Twitter that an agreement has been reached with the former Chile coach.

The Brazilian club added that some final details still needed to be worked out, but that the contract should be finalised by the weekend.

Sampaoli notably led Sevilla to a fourth-place finish in the 2016/17 La Liga season and ended Real Madrid’s 40-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 win in January 2017.

Sampaoli has also had spells in charge of clubs in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.