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Maradona to take over as Argentina manager

Published 29/10/2008

We can't believe it either ... Maradona is to manage Argentina
We can't believe it either ... Maradona is to manage Argentina

Argentina legend Diego Maradona is set for a sensational return to football — as coach of the national side.

The former Napoli and Barcelona player has been approached by the head of the Argentine Football Association, Julio Grondona to take over from Alfio Basile.

It is expected that Maradona will link up with Carlos Bilardo who was the Argentina coach when they won the World Cup in 1986.

Maradona and Bilardo would not confirm they accepted the positions after leaving the meeting with Grandona last night but the latter did say: "I think Diego will be the next coach of the national team."

The 47 year old, who won 91 caps for his country, confirmed that talks would continue today.

Argentina are currently third out of eight South American teams in the race to qualify for the 2010 World Cup with the top four going to South Africa.

Belfast Telegraph

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