Should Diego Maradona Be Sacked?

Benjamin RogersAnalyst IOctober 14, 2009

BUENOS AIRES, BUENOS AIRES - MARCH 28: Argentine manager Diego Maradona waves to the fans prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South African qualifier match between Argentina and Venezuela at River Plate Stadium on March 28, 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  (Photo by Photogamma/Getty Images)

Diego Maradona, one of the world's Best Footballers in his day. He could score a goal from anywhere on the pitch and showed the determination and skill that made him one of the most iconic men in football.

However, his reign as head coach of Argentina has been far from impressive and his job currently hangs in the balance.

It looks like his job will depend on the result of the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.

Diego has had some good times as the coach of Argentina but he has also had some disastrous results that have got people asking the question: Does he have the right coaching skills to manage one of the world's best sides?

In the early days of his role as head coach he started well with a friendly win against Scotland and he went on to win the next next game as well.

He also got his team a win in their first game in the quest to qualify for World Cup 2010.

However, his second result started to ring major alarm bells as Argentina was thrashed 6-1 by Bolivia, it was taken as a one of but some later results have changed the minds of many of the world's football sceptics.

He saw his side win 1-0 against Colombia, which put Argentina's quest for South Africa back on track.

They lost their second of the three against Brazil going down three goals to one.

And finally they lost their third game of three by losing to Paraguay by a score line of 1-0.

Argentina kept hopes of qualifying alive as they beat Peru 2-1 to give them a chance and only needing a score draw to qualify in tonight's game against Uruguay.

Argentina currently sits fourth in the table and unable to climb it any higher, but a draw against fifth place Uruguay would see them safe at least before the finals begin.

If they lose then Argentina would have to win a playoff game against a team from Central America, but they may not get the chance because if Argentina loses and Ecuador wins against Chile, Argentina will be out of the World Cup altogether.

Ex-Manchester United star Diego Forlan will be a big threat for Maradona's side come tonight's game and could be the difference between tears of joy or tears of sadness.

Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez will send his side out with a do-or-die attitude.

''Winning is what matters,'' he said. ''We'll try to win. We respect Argentina, but we need the three points.''

However, qualification or no qualification, should Diego Maradona be sacked as head coach of Argentina?

Argentina have some of the world's best players, including Javier Mascherano, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Juan Riquelme, and Lionel Messi, but can Maradona be trusted to reach the Final if they qualify?

Mario Kempes, 1978 champion and top goalscorer, suggests much of the blame has to be laid at Maradona's door. "There appears to be a problem of communication. On the field it's clear the players don't understand what he is asking of them," Kempes said in an interview with German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

However, Argentina striker Lionel Messi said, ''We'll play at the World Cup. We are risking everything in the last qualifier. I trust in my national team. We'll do our best to clinch a win there, even though it won't be an easy game.''

Maradona himself has said, ''Our chances of progressing to the World Cup are intact. We must go to Uruguay to fight for our qualification. We'll do that with pride.''

Are these the words of a coach whose days as Argentina coach are numbered?