Martino resigns as Argentina manager

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 04: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina scores a goal past Dainel Vaca #1 of Bolivia during their international friendly match at BBVA Compass Stadium on September 4, 2015 in Houston, Texas.   Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Gerrardo Martino has handed his resignation from his post as the Argentina national team manager as a row that follows the Copa America title miss continues in the team.

In a statement Martino indicated he quit because of a “lack of decisions” at the head of the Argentine FA (AFA) and “serious problems” in selecting a squad for the Olympics.

The Argentine managed his country from August 2014, after previously coaching Barcelona.

The coach led Argentina to a loss in the Copa America final in June, the defeat being the second time Argentina finished runner-up to Chile in the competition during Martino’s reign.

Martino has handled the national team at a very difficult time with the AFA struggling with a power vacuum following the death of long-serving president Julio Grondona in 2014.

He has been forced to deal with a situation where clubs are declining to release their players for the Olympic Games, which has left the squad with just nine players.

His captain, Lionel Messi’s decision to retire from international football after the Copa America loss complicated matters further for the manager.