Diego Maradona: Charting His Managerial Career so Far

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 7, 2013

Diego Maradona: Charting His Managerial Career so Far

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    The colourful career of Diego Maradona is certainly one worth watching.

    Despite a distinct lack of managerial experience, the Argentinian legend's name is bandied about for almost every job under the sun. From Racing Club to the Iran national team, Maradona has seemingly expressed interest in management all over the globe.

    Let's chart the clubs he's been at and the ones he's been linked with so far.

    Enjoy the slideshow! 

Mandiyu de Corrientes and Racing Club (1994-95)

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    Diego Maradona's first foray saw him become an assistant/coach to former teammate Carlos Fren.

    In 1994, they took over Mandiyu de Corrientes. In 1995, they tried their hand with Racing Club. Neither of the Argentinian clubs really prospered from the appointment, and each tenure was short-lived.

    In 1996, Maradona was doing keepie-uppies in a boxing ring, so it's difficult to gauge whether or not he poured his heart and soul into the jobs. 

Argentina (2008)

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    After an extended break from the game, Diego Maradona took up the position of manager for his own national side, Argentina.

    He faced constant questioning throughout the qualifying phase, and after scraping through to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals, he told journalists to "suck it, and keep on sucking it" at a press conference.

    The Albiceleste blitzed the Group Stages with three wins, defeated Mexico but were then trounced 4-0 by Joachim Loew's Germany in the quarterfinal.

    He was removed from his position after the tournament.

Post-Argentina Speculation

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    Such was the splash Diego Maradona made during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, many clubs and nations took a serious look at hiring him in the aftermath of the competition.

    In October 2010, he was heavily linked to Blackburn Rovers after Venky's dispensed with Sam Allardyce (via The Mirror), and when that didn't come off he expressed his desire to manage in the English Premier League once more.

    He had previously eyed up the Aston Villa job before Gerard Houllier took the role (via The Guardian).

    In December, he was linked with the Iran national team post (via Reuters).

Al-Wasl (2011-12)

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    In May 2011, Diego Maradona reached an agreement to become manager of United Arab Emirates side Al-Wasl.

    A two-year deal was signed (via The Sun), but performances on the pitch were not fantastic. Just over one year later, the club finally decided to sack him (via The Daily Mail).

    During this time he was also linked with the UAE national side's post despite not raising any eyebrows domestically (via The Daily Mail).

Post Al-Wasl Speculation

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    Diego Maradona visited China on an eight-day charity trip in August 2012, then promptly declared his desire to manage a domestic side in the country (via Reuters).

    In December 2012, he expressed his interest in managing the Iraq national team (via NDTV.com).

    He would replace Brazilian legend Zico who had quit earlier that month, but the deal all hinged on whether the United Arab Emirates—who titled him an ambassador for their country—would allow him to take the job. 

Montpellier?

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    The link to Montpellier is surprising, especially considering the words he used when surmising the people of France (via The Guardian): "We all know how the French are, and [Michel] Platini is French, and he believes he is better than rest."

    Louis Nicollin, the eccentric and outspoken president of MHSC, has spoken of his aim to bring Maradona to his club (via The Daily Mail) for two reasons: To firstly improve his side's standing in the league, but secondly to "annoy Paris Saint-Germain."

    Is this a non-starter like so many others, or does it have legs? You have to say, it fits.