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Maradona sacked as coach of Al Wasl

Al Wasl Club has sacked Diego Maradona as their chief coach and his support staff, according to a decision taken by it's new board

  • By Ashley Hammond, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 22:35 July 10, 2012

Diego Maradona
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  • Coach Diego Maradona has issued an ultimatum to the board of Al Wasl in request for more transfer funds in order to stay fully competitive next season

Dubai: Al Wasl Club has sacked Diego Maradona as their chief coach along with his support staff, according to a decision taken by it's new board late on Tuesday evening.

Confirming the news, a club spokesperson said: "The new board of Al Wasl met today and decided to discontinue the services of Maradona for the new season of 2012-13. A decision on his replacement will be taken later."

The Argentine legend, incidentally, had a two-year contract with the club of which only one year was over. Asked about the contractual obligations, the spokesperson said: "There are of course exit clauses for both parties concerned."

The club had finished eighth in the etisalat Pro League last season and bowed out of Etisalat Cup and President's Cup at the knockout stages.

They, however, came agonisingly close to winning the GCC Champions League before losing the second leg final at home in tie-breaker.

Comments (12)

  1. Added 13:00 July 11, 2012

    I agreed with Mr Sadat, Maradona is a legend, there are so many people who still love him inspite of his behavior. At least we will have some good memories of him for being the coach of AL WASL team. I wish him all the best WHEREVER he goes.

    LUNNAS, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:31 July 11, 2012

    he is a real hero

    rizwan ahmed, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:30 July 11, 2012

    finally a good decision made... Happy for WASL now.

    shoaib, khan, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:25 July 11, 2012

    EGO came in the way of football from both parties. Good luck to both. ps. Coaches cannot make miracles happen in one year. Time is needed...

    Mafi Wasta, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:17 July 11, 2012

    Viva Diego, You were, are and will always be a great legend in football history. It is really sad to have an end abruptly, but, that's life. Its not the end but the begning of a new chapter and hope you will have a m,uch better time in days to come. Cheers for now, keep playing. Anthony

    Anthony Pereira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:40 July 11, 2012

    We will miss Diego Maradona he will be always a Legend. Maybe he didn't win any tournament here in UAE but what he give insparation to every player and motivation he gave I think he's a winner. Lot of people love him also fans of Al Wasal Club.

    Marky, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:27 July 11, 2012

    No doubt Maradona is a legend. He owned 1986 world cup, but as a coach you have always limitations. Wish you all the best.

    Rahim shah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:56 July 11, 2012

    Diego Maradona is a legend, please use more appropriate wording, his contract was terminated and not sacked, I became a fan of Al wasel because of him and will not be a fan of Al Wasel anymore.

    john, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:24 July 11, 2012

    Hi guys! Shocked to read this news. However, a kind request, instead of word "Sacked" kindly use "Contract discontinued", because each word has a different meaning. We should respect the legend and he has helped our Team in many ways. Maybe it's his or our bad luck to lose him. Anyway wish him good luck from UAE people.

    DB, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:05 July 11, 2012

    I expected this from the beginning and confirmed after the first set of games. But don't know what lead to total failure of his team, was it his own fault or the players?

    Ansaf M, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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