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Diego Maradona Linked with Possible Return to Management at All Boys

By | [email protected] | November 18, 2013 11:47pm


It’s been a pretty normal season so far in Argentina; some sides doing well, others less so, managers constantly on the brink, and frequent sacking or resignations as a result. The most recent of those came on Saturday night, as former Banfield and Boca Juniors boss Julio César Falcioni stepped down from his position as All Boys manager. Hours later, Argentina’s sporting Twittersphere lit up with the news that All Boys’ president, Roberto Boogaloo—sorry, I mean Roberto Bugallo—had approached Diego Maradona’s representative about the possibility of his coming in as Falcioni’s replacement.

Falcioni hadn’t had an auspicious start at All Boys—seven draws, six defeats and just three wins in the league were enough to put him under pressure, and the closest thing to a surprise related to his resignation was that it didn’t come a couple of weeks earlier. The more sensible names to replace Maradona include former Racing manager Luis Zubeldía, who was sacked from the Avellaneda giants just four weeks into the season after a poor start, but who last season had led them to their highest points total in a decade, and Sergio Batista, the former Argentinos Juniors and Argentina midfielder who was Maradona’s replacement as Argentina ‘manager’ after the 2010 World Cup.

Maradona, though, is the president’s choice, presumably because of the enormous amount of publicity his appointment would generate. I mean, let’s face it, appointing him for footballing reasons would be ludicrous. Maradona is currently engaged as a ‘Sporting Ambassador’ (no, me neither) in the United Arab Emirates, but is said to be keen to return to Argentina and have another crack at management. His contract in the UAE, and how he could legally get out of it, would likely be the biggest obstacle to an appointment, and with All Boys eager to name a successor to Falcioni before this weekend’s match against Boca, a different appointment seems more likely. If those contract issues can be sorted out, though, there’s just a chance we might see Maradona striding the sidelines again…