Diego Maradona's assistant resigns as Gimnasia coach

Diego Maradona's assistant resigns as Gimnasia coach

Assistant coach Sebastian Mendez had led the club since Maradona entered hospital for brain surgery

Argentina's Gimnasia y Esgrima substitute coach Sebastian Mendez (L) leaves the Casa Rosada government house. Credit: AFP Photo

The Argentine club coached by Diego Maradona at the time of his death faced another blow on Friday as the star’s backroom staff resigned en masse.

“It is a decision we comprehend and shows the humanity of the group that worked so well with Diego Maradona,” Gimnasia y Esgrima said in a statement.

Assistant coach Sebastian Mendez had led the club since Maradona entered hospital for brain surgery the first week of November and was expected to continue in place of the star, who died on Wednesday from a heart attack.

Gimnasia are scheduled to return to action on Saturday against Velez Sarsfield although the players have appealed for the match to be postponed.

The unheralded side are currently third in their four-team group in Argentina's ongoing domestic competition, with five points from four games.