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Wed 22 Jul 2009 12:50 PM

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EXCLUSIVE: Diego Maradona wants Portsmouth job, lawyer claims

Superstar said to be ready to work with Sulaiman Al Fahim.

Soccer legend Diego Maradona is willing to quit his job as Argentina’s manager to join Portsmouth as a “global ambassador”, according to his lawyer.

In emails seen by Arabian Business, Angel Oscar Moyano says the superstar is interested in working with the newly owned Premier League team, in a wide role that will see him responsible for guiding the team, and bringing in new players.

Moyano says that Maradona wants to help build a strong team “for which he offers his mediation for signing players of top level [sic] who with the support of Diego Armando Maradona, will be ready to come to Portsmouth FC.”

He adds that “he´s got all top players ready and even he´s [sic] ready to leave Argentine National team.”

The email also mentions the names of four international stars that Maradona says he is willing to bring to the club, which was taken over this week by UAE tycoon Sulaiman Al Fahim.

Sources close to Al Fahim say they are aware of the correspondence but did not wish to comment further.

Last month Al Fahim announced plans to open a Maradona Sports Café in the UAE next year. Al Fahim is also a close friend of Maradona’s cousin Remigio, with both men working for the UN as goodwill ambassadors.

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Stuart 11 years ago

Please let this be true. Dr - thanks for buying our club. Now please help us put a team together that can compete. Youve got the best fan base in the world DR and we are all backing you for sucess....

lee 11 years ago

Come on Sulaiman, make this club great once again so we can stick two fingers up to 'Ol 'Arry. Let's take the premiership by storm and you will be rewarded with the most loyal (and loudest) fans in the world. Come on you blues!!!

POMPEYFAITH 11 years ago

Firstly please accept my apologize for my last post because I did and still do have complete faith in what you will bring to this great club but I was in the last couple of weeks according to reports i was getting from the media losing my faith. All that is now water under the bridge and I welcome Dr Al-Fahim to Portsmouth FC and of course the city of Portsmouth. These I'm sure will be very exciting times but please for the time being lets have a team that can substain the premiership only we do not need eufa or champions league football yet lets get the new training ground, stadium, academy and a solid backroom in place first. Once we have that then we can fight for higher things but right now premiership status is all we need and so long as we qualify for that over the next few years im happy and most of the supporters will be happy. Once again WELCOME Dr Al-Fahim I look forward to hearing your input. Regards The one and only POMPEYFAITH

Ryan Air 11 years ago

"The email also mentions the names of four international stars that Maradona says he is willing to bring to the club" So who are the names? And any further comment from Argentina on this story? Thanks and best of luck to Sulaiman Al Fahim, Impress Me!

BigH 11 years ago

Stikes me that Mardona has simply got a sniff of the money! If this pie-in-the-sky thing ever got anywhere it - and I hope for Portsmouth's sake it doesn't - it would be a relationship doomed to failure. Since he stopped playing the little fatty has proved NOTHING in football management/administration and I see no evidence that this situation is going to change any time soon. Dr. Al Fahim - please, please DON"T be be dazzled by the glitter!!!

nico 11 years ago

que boludez!!

Pablo 11 years ago

absolutly false. He's not leaving argentina. not now - not next year. belive me.

alejandro vairo 11 years ago

Maradona is a clasic traitor, I'm sure Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim made this email public, no lawyers email is done public, I'm sure that a rich man like him know best not to mess with fire, this news could couse Maradona to lose his job, so it must be true, and if was a good news for DR Fahim he would not make it public, he would have waited to make a deal if interested, this information now made public will be negative for any further negociation with Maradona, could mean also that Dr Fahim has no interest in Maradona and his 4 players, Maradona lost 6 to 1 recently with Bolivia, the worst Argentina lose in 51 years, Dr Fahim is rich and because he is stupid, Maradonas image after this email will be broken at international level, abandoning Argentina national team for an English team is seen in Argentina as the same as making President Bush president of Iran..... Either this information is wrong and Arabian Business will be in legal trouble or Mr Fahim has to now make this email public for everyone to see. I expect to see more news on the subject, Argentina has not yet woke up to this news that will be of national scandal.

Ivan 11 years ago

The news is false, ridiculous and hilarious... :( sorry!!!

alejandro vairo 11 years ago

Everyone would like to see this email. I ask Arabian Business to please show it for the best benefit of everyone. Thank You!