Diego Maradona is back on the field

He’s often regarded as a football legend…and called an unstable drug addict in the same sentence.

And now… the hand of God strikes again.

Diego Maradona will become Argentina’s next football coach, replacing Alfio Basile, who resigned following poor performances in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of the sport, Maradona is an iconic figure in Argentina.

However, many Argentines are doubtful about Maradona’s appointment and don’t think he’s fit for the job.

In an unofficial online poll by daily Clarin, nearly 74 percent of the 50,000 voters said they disagreed with the decision to hire Maradona, who was Argentina captain when it won the 1986 World Cup and reached the 1990 final.

On the other hand, players for the national team like Barca’s Lionel Messi have welcomed the appointment of Diego.

“He is great. I admire him for what he gave to Argentine football,” Messi said in an interview with the Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Maradona– famous for his ‘hand of god’ incident against England was a great player and there’s no question about it. But, does he have the required background to infuse discipline in the players given his background of addiction?

Can he manage such a powerful team in world football?

As a player, Maradona inspired an otherwise rather modest Argentina squad to their World Cup victory in 1986 and perhaps he can work the same sort of magic as a coach.