Portsmouth wants Maradona

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Premier League – Maradona ‘eyes Pompey role’

Diego Maradona is ready to quit his job as Argentina national team boss and join Premier League side Portsmouth as a ‘global ambassador’, according to reports.

UAE-based website ‘arabianbusiness’ claims to have seen e-mails from Maradona’s lawyer, Angel Oscar Moyano, in which the 48-year-old is put forward for a role at the south coast club, recently taken over by Arab entrepreneur Sulaiman Al-Fahim.

The e-mails are said to detail the former World Cup-winning captain’s proposal to work in an upstairs role overseeing transfers, using his reputation to attract top players to the 2008 FA Cup winners.

Paul Hart was confirmed as full-time manager of the club on Tuesday, the same day as Al-Fahim passed the Premier League’s fit and proper person test, allowing him to officially take control of the club.

Arabian Business report that in the e-mails Maradona is said to be eyeing a role “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.”

Moyano adds: “He’s got all top players ready and even he’s ready to leave Argentine national team.”

The website reports that Maradona wants to bring four international players to the club, although it does not name them.

Despite his revered status in Argentina, Maradona has come under fire following the national side’s struggles in World Cup qualifying.

In a campaign which has seen them beaten four times already, the most noteworthy being the 6-1 defeat in Bolivia, they sit in fourth place in the CONMEBOL table, the final automatic qualification spot. Their next match is at home to leaders Brazil in September.

Al-Fahim is reported to be good friends with Maradona’s cousin Remigio, who met through their work as UN goodwill ambassadors, and he recently announced plans to open a Maradona Sports Café in the UAE next year.

Tony Mabert / Eurosport

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3 Responses to Portsmouth wants Maradona

  1. utsav says:

    great news. atleast he can gain some coaching experience an later he can handle argentina national team rather then doing it right now

  2. Chris says:

    Does anyone think (if its true) that this is a good idea at the moment? i mean, leaving the national team they way we are at the moment, i feel it will not do us any good. if they aren’t playing well, who know’s what they’ll play like if Diego decides to leave them hanging. I honestly feel sorry for the players, they dont deserve this. and then again, Diego is a very strange guy, who knows what he’ll do next.. i dont doubt him as a coach, i feel Argentina should give hm a little time, im sure he pumps the players up with courage y ganas de jugar y ganar! but i feel now is not the time to leave the team, especially if we are in doubt of qualifying for the WC. wat i still dont understand, is why are we struggling so much ? if anyone things Diego is not exp. enough, what about Bilardo? isn’t he next to him helping him coach? so whats the real excuse? what do u say Pintadoazulblanco??? whats ur thought on this ?

  3. pintadoazulblanco says:

    As you said, with Maradona anything can happen.

    Maradona did take over a team on the decline in the most critical moment of the WC qualifying campaign.

    For him to abandon the team now would be a complete disgrace. I don’t think he will do that because of his love for the national team and because of his desire to manage the team in the World Cup.

    Also, if he quit right now, the consequences would be really bad for him, his reputation would be severely battered by the media, the fans, the AFA board.

    And the players?

    The respect that they have towards him would certainly not be the same.

    It would be a real disaster for him.

    One thing about Maradona, he would never allow anyone to question his love & committment to the national team.

    Right now, I can’t imagine Maradona quitting the national team to go to, of all places, England.

    I just don’t see that happening, if anything, he will go down fighting.

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