New chief of UAE football body says Argentine among leading candidates for post
Diego Maradona could be set for a return to the
international arena with the Argentine being considered for the vacant UAE head coaching job.
The new president of the UAE Football Association Yousuf
Al Serkal said on Wednesday that Maradona was among the leading candidates for
"As Maradona is within the family of UAE football,
we can't neglect or overlook such a name," Al Serkal said. "We will
have to consider him."
Maradona, who won the World Cup as a player in 1986 and
coached Argentina to the quarter-finals of the 2010 edition in South Africa, is
now working at the Al Wasl club in Dubai.
The UAE has been without a head coach since Srecko
Katanec was sacked last year following successive defeats in their opening 2014
World Cup qualifying matches.
With all respect to Maradona as an individual and to his contribution as an outstanding player, yet the question is, has he proved any success being a coach? I do not think so.
It is never a fact that being an outstanding player could turn you to a very successful coach and an example is Murino of Real Madrid. Never heard of Murino as a player yet he is considered one of the best managers nowadays.
I like Maradona a lot and I consider him the best player of all times, but in coaching I do believe he is far from being a success.
Sincere apologies Maradona, yet this is my opinion.
Lead Argentina to the Quarter-final, final group of 16? Hardly a momentous task given the talent on that team.
Nothing against the man personally (drugs and cheating asside) but what is it about his role at Al Wasl has made the impression he should be a leading candidate for a national team?
Full of bluster and hot air, thinks he is bigger than the game, and threatening to take his toys and go home if he doesn't get his own way? It's embarassing to watch, and I feel sorry for the UAE if it doesn happen.