It’s happening already. There are rumours, before he’s even managed his first match, that Diego Maradona might stand down as Argentina boss. I mean, honestly. The arguments between Diego and the AFA about who’s the best assistant are still going on, and on Wednesday the media were reporting that the new manager might be considering resigning in protest.
Maradona is still firm in his resolution that Oscar Ruggeri should be his assistant manager, but Julio Grondona at the AFA still wants José Luis Brown and youth director Sergio Batista. All three of these men were team-mates of Maradona in the side that won the 1986 World Cup, but the latter two haven’t met with Maradona’s approval – he’s rumoured to be concerned that they’d covet his own job too highly themselves. On Wednesday evening, Miguel Brindisi and Héctor Enrique (another of the ’86 squad) were also mentioned, but those men are also thought not to please El Diez too much.
Around 8pm, an AFA director was sent urgently to talk with Carlos Bilardo – who since being named as ‘Director of National Teams’ alongside Maradona’s appointment has seemed to act for the most part as the new boss’s pimp – and discuss with him Maradona’s words about quitting if he doesn’t get the assistant he wants. Argentina have a friendly with Scotland this weekend which Maradona is scheduled to fly out for on Friday. Will he last until then?