Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Diego Maradona exits as Argentina coach

Diego Armando Maradona
Argentina's coach Diego Maradona
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Diego Maradona
Admittedly he's not a player, but Diego Maradona deserves inclusion for lighting up the tournament with his eccentric training sessions and no holds barred press conferences. And the attacking mentality with which he set up his Argentina side was a refreshing alternative to the negativity of so many other managers.

Diego Maradona will no longer continue as Argentina coach after the association's executive committee unanimously agreed not to renew his contract.

Maradona met with the the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona yesterday, with suggestions a new four-year deal was on the table.

The 49-year-old had said he would sign the contract as long as his entire backroom staff were retained.

Grondona revealed the board had decided not to renew Maradona's contract.

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