Football Rumours: Diego Maradona To Coach EPL’s Fulham Soon?
Jobless Diego Maradona has come out to reiterate his desire to work in the English Premier League and also to claim that one of England’s teams (believed to be Fulham) is interested in his services.
The media in Argentina have already “guessed” that it could be Fulham, since Maradona visited the club a couple of months ago after being invited as a guest by owner Mohamed Al-Fayed. The Cottagers are struggling in 14th position in the English Premier League table and their run this season has been marked by an awful lot of draws – 10, precisely, in 21 match-days.
Fulham have also conceded more goals than they’ve scored as their defence considerably needs to strengthen. Worst of all, despite being 4 places above the relegation zone, only 1 point separates them from 18th placed Aston Villa. So could it be true that the Cottagers are looking to appoint Hand-of-God maker Diego Maradona for redemption?
Actually, it’s been half-a-year now since Maradona is without a coaching job. The Argentine legend was sacked from his position as the Albicelestes’ manager after the team horribly fell against Germany to a 4-0 score line in the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Reports, or rumours rather, strongly linked Diego Maradona to Aston Villa when the Villains were desperately looking for a replacement following Martin O’Neil’s sudden resignation from his managerial post. However, it turned out to be that Gerard Houllier won the race to become Aston Villa’s boss – which meant that Diego Maradona had to look somewhere else to continue his coaching career.
Since then, the 1986 World Cup winner hasn’t been able to be fixed anywhere, but his hopes to manage in the English Premier League have been rekindled according to his own claims. As he was on a trip to Uruguay to pay a visit to his daughter, Diego Maradona told news reporters:
“In February, I’ll be travelling to England for a meeting with an English team who wants to talk to me. If they convince me, I might accept the position.
“But, I’m not desperate because I know that someday, I will once again coach a team.”
Diego Maradona was denied Boca Juniors’ vacated coaching position recently – something which apparently didn’t please him. Before that, the former Argentina boss was beaten by Marc Hughes in the race to replace Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers.
Finally, Diego Maradona may find some rest at Craven Cottage by becoming Fulham’s next manager in the very near future. In the meantime, the Cottagers will have to face Wigan Athletic in the English Premier League this weekend under the guidance of Marc Hughes.