BUENOS AIRES - Diego Maradona said he was
thrilled to resume his coaching career in the United Arab
Emirates where he would have no restrictions in signing players
for his new club Al Wasl.
The Dubai-based club confirmed a deal with Maradona on
Monday but gave no details. Before returning to Dubai Maradona
will going home to Buenos Aires later this week.
"It's a marvellous experience that I went looking for. I
didn't need any recommendation," Maradona, who had been linked
to several jobs since his contract as Argentina coach was not
renewed after last year's World Cup, said on Wednesday.
"I'm happy because I saw the opportunity to be able to coach
in a country which maybe doesn't have all the stars but a team
to lead, good money, (a club) who give you the players you ask
for," he told TyC Sports by telephone from Spain.
Maradona said his assistant coaches would be the same two
men on his staff at the World Cup in South Africa where his
Argentina team were knocked out by Germany in the
quarter-finals, Hector Enrique and Alejandro Mancuso.
"There is a signed pre-contract which needs polishing and
then we'll have to start thinking about the work," said the
50-year-old 1986 World Cup-winning captain.
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