Argentina legend Diego Maradona has admitted that he does want to manage in the Premier League. It’s sure to be a statement that will raise a few eyebrows, but would any Premier League club really want the man, who’s infamous hand-ball effectively knocked England out of the World Cup, in charge of their club?
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Maradona said: “Yes, I would like to manage in the Premier League. It has very good teams, an exceptional level and great players. The only problem is all the teams I like in England have good coaches. If any important job comes along I will accept it.”
It would certainly be an appointment that would divide Premier League fans. While there is no doubt that Maradona would bring a touch of glamour to the league and his chosen club, the hand-ball is still a very sensitive issue for many fans.
But for me it isn’t the hand-ball that would put me off Maradona managing my club, it is his general capabilities as a coach. While we saw in the World Cup that on his day Maradona can inspire his side to good victories and performances, their dramatic capitulation against Germany revealed some gaping holes in his managerial capabilities.
But in truth these holes had only been masked during the opening stages of the World Cup by an Argentine squad boasting some of the biggest names in world football. Even in the qualifying stages Maradona had struggled to get the most out of this squad with his side limping to South Africa.
While all of his players seemed to love his hands-on method, it just didn’t work, and for a Premier League club his appointment would be nothing more than an expensive publicity stunt, with no actual benefits to come on the pitch.
What do you think? Would you like Diego Maradona in charge of your club?