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?