Maradona ‘Not Interested’ In Montpellier

diegomaradonawithballs_275x155

Diego Maradona is “absolutely not interested in coaching a Ligue 1 club”, according to the Dubai Sport Council for whom the Argentine legend is a global ambassador.

Maradona has been heavily linked in the French media with the coaching role at Montpellier, which will be vacated by Rene Girard when his contract expires in June. The Ligue 1 champions’ president, Louis Nicollin, has publicly declared his interest in appointing the former Argentina boss, who has been out of work since being relieved of his coaching duties at Al Wasl in the United Arab Emirates last July.

However, the Dubai Sport Council, whose president Swaidan Al Naboodah also holds the same function at Al Wasl, claim Maradona is not free to do as he pleases.

“Maradona is under contract with the Dubai Sport Council, which is a global organisation, and of which he is the global ambassador,” Younes Bouklit, a Dubai Sport Council presidential advisor, told Montpellier paper Midi Libre. “I’ve spoken to both the president and Diego about this matter. There’s been no contact. He’s absolutely not interested in coaching a Ligue 1 club.”

Nicollin has repeatedly stated he would be willing to meet Maradona to discuss terms, although he has also admitted that he believes the 1986 World Cup winner’s salary demands will be too high for his club. He did reiterate in Midi Libre, however, that there had been contact between the parties.

“We didn’t just say that to amuse everyone,” he said. “It’s Maradona who contacted us via an intermediary whom I know well and whose name I don’t want to divulge. Period. If the president of the club over there says it’s not true, fine. I really don’t care.”

While the idea of a world star arriving in the dug-out at the Stade de la Mosson has fuelled the imagination of media and supporters, Maradona’s potential future colleagues are less enthusiastic. With some 40 holders of France’s top coaching licence currently seeking employment, Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier would rather a compatriot filled the position.

“I would prefer Raymond Domenech to Diego Maradona as I’d prefer a French coach,” he said. “The league doesn’t need publicity, it needs good coaches. Maradona was a great player, but I’m not sure he’s cut out for this job. Having said that, it’s up to Montpellier and Mr Nicollin. I think there are plenty of very good French coaches available.”

ESPN

Tags from the story
football, interested, maradona, montpellier

7 Comments

  • When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with
    the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Thanks!

  • May I just say what a comfort to discover a person that actually knows what they are talking about on the net.
    You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
    A lot more people must check this out and understand this side of
    your story. It’s surprising you aren’t more
    popular given that you certainly possess the gift.

  • You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I
    to find this matter to be actually something that I feel
    I might never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very huge
    for me. I’m taking a look ahead on your subsequent post, I’ll attempt
    to get the dangle of it!

  • Hi! I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before
    but after going through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Regardless, I’m definitely happy I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it and
    checking back frequently!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *