Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Maradona Out as Argentina's National Soccer Coach

Diego Maradona's tenure as Argentina coach ended yesterday when the country’s soccer association decided against renewing his contract because he wasn’t prepared to accept changes to his staff.

The federation had offered Maradona a four-year contract to continue through the 2014 World Cup. But Maradona said he would stay only if his entire staff remained. That was unacceptable to Julio Grondona, president of the Argentine Football Association. Grondona had asked for several assistants to be replaced. The federation’s executive committee sided with Grondona.

According to a report on ESPN Soccernet, Maradona's replacement could come from either Estudiantes head coach Alejandro Sabella, Racing Club's Miguel Angel Russo or Sergio Batista, who coaches Argentina's U-20 club.

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