Argentina legend Diego Maradona has offered to return as national team coach for free in the wake of their disappointing showing at World Cup 2018. Speaking on his “Hand of God” television show, the 57-year-old Maradona, who coached Argentina for two years from 2008-2010, said it was painful to see the current state of the national team.
This is coming as Coach Jorge Sampaoli faces pressure to resign following their 4-3 defeat to France on Saturday during a World Cup campaign that was fraught with tension and disputes. The coach is believed to have lost the support of his players with some claims attributing team selection and tactics to captain and star Lionel Messi.
Sampaoli, though, has another four years to run on his contract, meaning the Argentine Football Association would have to pay a reported fifteen million dollars to sack him.
Maradona was a genius as a player, leading Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986 and again to the final four years later. But his coaching career has been far less glamorous despite his stint in charge of the national team, in which he presided over a record-equaling six-one defeat to Bolivia.