x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Maradona's days as Argentina coach look numbered

Senior members of the Argentine Football Association say Diego Maradona has been asked to replace the majority of his staff.

Senior members of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) say Diego Maradona has been asked to replace the majority of his staff, jeopardising his future as coach of the national team. Maradona has said with trademark defiance that he would refuse to renew his contract if the AFA dismissed even one member of his coaching staff. But in a meeting on Monday, AFA president Julio Grondona asked him to replace seven of his assistants, effectively showing him the door, according to several executive committee members. They spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because they were not authorised to make public statements about the meeting.