By Shane McGinley
Argentinian was appointed Dubai Honorary Ambassador of Sports last month
Former Argentinian football star Diego Maradona, who was appointed Dubai Honorary Ambassador of Sports last month and previously coached UAE club Al Wasl, has been approached to become the new manager of English club Blackburn Rovers, according to reports in the UK.
Blackburn global advisor Shebby Singh held discussions with the former World Cup star, who is "keen" to take on the role at the Championship club, The Mirror reported.
The report said Singh, a former Malaysian international, was hoping to finalise the appointment this week.
He is also believed to have unsuccessfully approached Tim Sherwood from rivals Tottenham Hotspur to manage the team.
Last month, Maradona was appointed Dubai Honorary Ambassador of Sports, less than two months after being sacked by the UAE club Al Wasl.
The Argentine voiced a desire to coach in China during a trip to Beijing in August, but has accepted the ambassadorial role with Dubai Sports Council (DSC) after turning down "unsatisfactory" coaching offers.
His new role will also help resolve a dispute with Al Wasl, which sacked him in July just over a year into a two-year contract.
"Dubai Sports Council and I have discussed a few ideas and they are serious about upgrading the sports sector in Dubai," the 51-year old World Cup winner told a news conference in Dubai in September. "For those who think that I have fallen down or I have collapsed, I'm stronger now."
Maradona's latest appointment came after he was sacked as coach of Dubai-based Al Wasl following a trophy-less season in which the club finished eighth in the 12-team UAE Pro League and suffered a surprise defeat in the Gulf Champions League final.
The Argentine's AED800,000 (US$217,800)-a-month contract with the club was until August 2013, which DSC will now take over, said spokesman Murad Al Masri.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
If Maradona thought he got 'stick' from the UAE fans, wait until he starts managing in England.
Shebby Singh and the Venky's are clueless and are turning this once proud club into the biggest joke in world football.
Anyone with half a brain will steer clear of the Blackburn job until the Venky's are hounded out.