Maradona sacked as Al Wasl coach

Former Argentina World Cup-winning captain Diego Mara­dona has been sacked as coach of United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl.

The 51-year-old, who agreed a two-year contract with Al Wasl in May 2011, was dismissed following a meeting of the club's board on Tuesday.

“Following a meeting held by the board of directors of Al Wasl Football Company to evaluate the technical staff of Al Wasl under the leadership of coach Diego Maradona, it was decided to terminate the services of coach Diego Maradona and his technical staff,” a club statement said.

Speculation had been rife that Maradona's days as coach were numbered following the resignation of the club's board in June and its replacement with a new one.

That change brought about the departure of chairman Marwan bin Bayat, a man who had supported Maradona.

However, after the first meeting of the new board last month, its chairman Dr Mohammed Ahmad bin Fahad, was quoted in the UAE newspaper The National saying: “Maradona is the head coach of the Al Wasl team and he will continue for the next season. He will have complete authority over the programme for the next season. There is no change in his position.”

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