Diego Maradona has resigned as boss of top-flight Argentine club Gimnasia, the club president told domestic media on Tuesday.
According to Argentine journalist Juan Pablo Varsky, Gimnasia president Gabriel Pellegrino told Radio La Red on Tuesday that Maradona had stepped down as boss with just three matches to go in the league season. The 59-year-old has reportedly been disillusioned that Pellegrino will not be running for another term as club president and has thus decided to end his tenure early.
Maradona’s contract was set to run through the end of the league season, which concludes December 8. The election for club president takes place this coming Saturday.
Maradona has only been in charge of the club since early September, and while he lost his first three matches in charge, he has since won three of the last five. The club sits 22nd in the 24-team league table.
Pellegrino has been in charge of the club since 2016, with elections taking place every three years.
The legendary former player has previously managed Liga MX side Dorados de Sinaloa, UAE club Fujairah, and the Argentina national team.
Diego Maradona is a coach in Argentina’s top-flight and he led Gimnasia to their first win of the season on Saturday.
How he celebrated in the locker room was quite something, even for El Diego.
Gimnasia beat Godoy Cruz 4-2, who they leapfrogged to move off the bottom of the table.
Two goals in the final seven minutes secured the victory for Gimnasia, as Maradona’s side now have a stretch of winnable games coming up.
Watch the video below as Maradona breaks it down.
Diego Maradona has returned to Argentina as a manager.
Maradona, 58, has been named as the new boss of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, who are struggling at the wrong end of the Primera Division.
The legendary Argentine player left Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa in June, citing poor health, but he is now ready to coach again and this should be interesting.
“Finally it’s now official. I am very happy to be the new coach of Gimnasia. I want to thank the president Gabriel Pellegrino for this opportunity and say to all the fans that we are going to work with our hearts and souls for El Lobo.”
Nicknamed El Lobo (the Wolf), Gimnasia have one point from their first five games and Maradona will now be tasked with pushing them up the Argentina top-flight and away from a relegation scrap.
After leading Argentina to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup as La Albiceleste’s manager, Maradona had two stints as a coach in the Middle East with Al-Wasl and Al-Fujairah.
His spell as Dorados boss was eventful and Diego isn’t shy in sharing his opinion.
If he can make a success of this, who’s to say he can’t return to take charge of his beloved Boca Juniors one day?
So, Cuba should have a pretty good national team in a few years…
All joking aside, the lawyer of Argentine legend Diego Maradona has released a statement confirming that his client has three children in Cuba that he is willing to recognize.
Maradona, 58, spent five years living in Cuba from 2000 to 2005 as he underwent treatment for drug addiction. During his time in Cuba he became close friends with Fidel Castro and has a tattoo of the former President of Cuba on his leg.
His lawyer Matias Moria released the following statement about the previously unknown children of Maradona.
“Maradona has three children in Cuba and they are going to be recognized. There are three children from two women. There has never been any problem. A claim has been lodged, but with lots of respect. Diego is going to take charge of whatever he has to take charge of.”
Maradona now has eight children, one of whom, Gianinna Maradona, joked on Instagram: “You only need three more to make 11, you can do it!”
Dalma Maradona, Diego Sinagra, Giannina Maradona, Jana Maradona and Diego Fernando Maradona Ojeda are the children we previously knew about, and they are aged 31, 32, 29, 22 and six respectively.
He currently coaches a second-tier team in Mexico, Dorados de Sinaloa.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has been released from hospital following successful surgery for stomach bleeding.
His lawyer Matias Morla said the 58-year old former Boca Juniors and Napoli player, and current coach of the Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico’s second division, was heading home Sunday “to continue with his recovery.”
Late Saturday, Morla tweeted “Thank God everything went perfectly” after the surgery in the Olivos clinic in Argentina.
Maradona had gone to the clinic a little over a week ago for routine tests that detected stomach bleeding.
Once recovered, Maradona is expected to return to his team in Mexico.
The 1986 World Cup champion has a long history of hospitalizations for various reasons, including heart problems related to cocaine use, gastric bypass surgery and osteoarthritis in both knees.