Diego Maradona: Coach of Argentina!?!?!?!

October 31, 2008 at 12:43 am | Posted in General Football | 1 Comment

I can scarcely believe my eyes and ears.  It is inconceivable to me why the Argentinian FA would name Maradona coach of the national team.  We all know that he was a magnificent, outrageously talented player whose status as one of the great players of soccer history is assured.   He was also a person of excess who became so addicted to drugs and overeating that he nearly killed himself.  In more recent years he appears to have his demons under control.   He looks fit and healthy.  But trusting him with one of the world’s great football teams?  This is a big mistake in my view.  He has only minimal coaching experience which certainly does not qualify him for the job.

One thing Maradona could never do was surround himself with good people.  He always surrounded himself with yes men who would tell him what he wanted to hear, not what he needed to hear.  Will his coaching staff be the same?   

I worry that the stress of the job may force him back to his self destructive behaviours, which may ultimately destroy him.  

As a player, Maradona represented all that is great about Argentinian football.  He was tough and uncompromising, but wonderfully skilled and artful.   I just hope that this gamble works and does not sully the reputation of Maradona and Argentinian Football.  My instinct tells me otherwise, however…

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  1. Man, Argentina is heading to disaster with this guy at the helm!
    Please AFA wake up and fire him before WC 2010 qualifiers are over?
    Else you will watch it from home! This is travesty with so much talent.
    Get him out of there. Great player, awful coach!

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