Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

The Punter: Maradona will take Argentina to Dublin despite his World Cup exit

The World Cup has been a death-knell for several international managers and while England’s Fabio Capello has survived the chop, Diego Maradona is the latest to come under pressure.

Even Brazil’s Dunga has quit and now one of the greatest players of all time, is the subject of speculation.

Maradona had his managerial ability badly exposed by Germany’s 4-0 hammering of the Argies and questions are now being asked as to whether or not he will be in charge for his country’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland on August 11 in the opening game at the Aviva stadium in Dublin — formerly Lansdowne Road.

William Hill make him 4-7 to stay in his role and 5-4 to be heading for the door.

If we are to go by the reception he received on his return to Buenos Aires, Maradona will probably want to remain and the 4-7 should be taken.

But as Tony Kenny, Hill’s media man in Dublin says: “It is Diego Maradona we are talking about, so God knows what’s going through his head. But he does draw huge media attention wherever he goes, so it would be great news for the new stadium sponsors if he stays.”

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