Diego Maradona Sacked as Argentina Coach

The Argentine Football Association has let go of Diego Maradona as the Albiceleste manager, ending an 18- month reign for the fiery coach that culminated with a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of Germany in the recently concluded World Cup.

The decision not to renew Maradona’s contract came after a long talk with AFA president Julio Grondona regarding the former Argentine football star’s demand that all his staff be retained or he will not return. Maradona’s ouster closes the book on what was mostly a turbulent last 18 months for the Argentine national team, which barely qualified for the World Cup under the man that helped win the country the 1986 edition of the event when he was still a player.

The AFA has yet to name the replacement for Maradona, who is considered the greatest Argentine player in history. Among the candidates are Alejandro Sabella of Estudiantes and current under-20 coach Sergio Batista.