Diego Maradona's contract as coach of the Argentine national soccer team will not be renewed, the spokesman for the Argentine Football Association said Tuesday.
The announcement comes after Argentina exited the World Cup in South Africa earlier this month with a 4-0 loss to Germany in the quarterfinals.
The decision was made unanimously by the association's executive committee Tuesday afternoon, after a meeting Monday night between Maradona and the association's president, Julio Grondona, said association spokesman Ernesto Cherquis Bialo.
Sergio Batista, coach of the Argentine national youth program and coach of the 2008 gold-medal winning Olympic team, will take over temporarily, Cherquis said.
Batista will coach the team for an August 11 friendly match against Ireland in Dublin.
Argentina had hoped Maradona,Â who guided his country to victory at the 1986 World Cup, would lead the team to glory as manager.
After taking the job in 2008, the team struggled to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. But once there, Argentina won all three of its group-stage matches and a second-round game before falling to Germany.