Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Maradona to Quit?

Speculation abound today that Diego Maradona is about to quit the job as coach of the Argentinian national side just three days before the two biggest games on the qualifying tournament. The legend, who took over last Novemeber, is under pressure after a string of poor results

Argentina are currently in 5th in the CONMEBOL qualifying table and are in the play off spot as things start but there are five teams still in contention for fourth, which guarantees a spot in South Africa, and fifth which is a play off against the fourth ranked team in the CONCACAF region (currently Costa Rica).

The problem origninally stems from the 6-1 humping that Argentina got in La Paz against Boliva and the results since then haven't been much better with them losing the last three games against Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay. The blame is mostly lying with Maradona, who has many critics for his team selection and tactics.

Maradona is apparently unhappy with the involvement of technical director Carlos Bilardo and his apparent interference with the team. Media reports state that the two are not totally on speaking terms. Argentina, who haven't missed out on the finals since 1970, face Peru this weekend at La Monumental before finishing their campaign across the River Plate at the Centenario against Uruguay.

Maradona stated that even if his side managed to qualify for South Africa he may not lead them there next season, stating that he wants to do things his way and on his terms and conditions. He also said he needs to chat with AFA President Julio Grondona after the games over the next week to thrash out the future.

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