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.
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