Maradona angry after being snubbed for Argentina job


Diego Maradona has expressed his disappointment, over not being considered by the media as a candidate for the Argentina job.

The Argentina Football Association (AFA) have chosen Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar, as the coaches to guide the national team for next month’s friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.

However, the search is still on for a permanent replacement for Jorge Sampaoli, who was sacked after the 2018 World Cup.

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo, Jose Pekerman, whose contract with Colombia expires this month, and Peru’s World Cup coach Ricardo Gareca have all been linked to the position in recent weeks.

Maradona, who last month said he would return to guide Argentina for free, wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday: “Regarding the Argentina national team, I want to say that it really bothers me that some journalists do not include me among the possible coaches. For example, while I was having a [dental] operation, I listened to [Argentinian sports journalist Diego] Chavo Fucks and he did not even name me among the possible candidates. I remember his beginnings, when I was still playing, and it seems that now he now does not value me.

“And I lament that some Argentinian newspapers don’t take me into account but do speak of former national team coaches, yet not about me.

“But hey, this is the sports journalism that we Argentinians have.”


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