Argentine coaching carousel claims Pumpido

Former Argentina goalkeeper Nery Pumpido has become the ninth coach to quit or be sacked in little more than two months in the 20-team Argentine first division.

Pumpido, who played for the team captained by Diego Maradona that won the 1986 World Cup, resigned on Sunday from Godoy Cruz after Saturday's 3-0 defeat by San Lorenzo left them with one win in 10 matches halfway through the Clausura championship.

"Unfortunately, cycles come to an end and mine's finished," the 54-year-old, who steered Paraguay's Olimpia to victory in the Libertadores Cup 10 years ago, told reporters on Monday.

Former Argentina coach Alfio Basile quit Racing Club at the weekend after the 4-1 derby defeat at Independiente.

The Clausura championship, second of two in the 2011/12 season, kicked off on February 10.