Legendary Diego Maradona has suddenly left the position of coach of Gimnasia Club (the team playing in Argentina’s top league) after less than three months of taking over.
“Maradona is no longer Gimnasia’s coach. He said going to a soccer team was a development, not a division”, Gabriel Pellegrino told Radio La Red of Argentina.
Argentine media said Maradona’s departure was linked to an imminent board shock at the club in La Plata, 50 km from the capital Buenos Aires. Maradona is said to be no longer interested in staying on the team after Pellegrino – who brought the “Golden Boy” back to Argentina football, pulled out of the presidential election on November 23.
Maradona – the former Argentina coach, was appointed to lead Gimnasia in early September, when the team was at the bottom of the Argentine top league table with the competition of 24 teams. Hailed as a hero when he returned to Argentina football after many years of training abroad, Maradona had a positive impact on the club’s performance in La Plata.
Gimnasia won 3 of the 8 matches with Maradona in charge, and the special thing is the away match. In contrast, Gimnasia lost 4 of 5 home matches under the Golden Boy of Argentine football. Gimnasia’s last game under Maradona was a 3-0 victory over Aldosivi last weekend, helping the team rise to 22nd.
Mararona previously resigned as coach of Dorados Club (in the second division of Mexcico) in June for health reasons only after 9 months in power. The appointment of Maradona in Dorados in September last year was considered a surprise, although the coach’s career was not very bright since withdrawing from the hot seat of Argentina after the 2010 World Cup.
Maradona has also coached two UAE clubs, Al-Wasi and Fujairah. Rocio Oliva, Maradona’s girlfriend, said on Fox Sports that her boyfriend had received offers from two other Argentine top leagues. However, one club rumored to be interested in Maradona is Argentinos Juniors that has denied it. The other club is said to be aiming for “Golden Boy” is Godoy Cruz, the team is putting the book on the rankings.