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Diego Maradona named new Gimnasia boss

Nigeria v Argentina: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: Diego Armando Maradona celebrates Argentina’s victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

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Diego Maradona has returned to Argentina as a manager.

Maradona, 58, has been named as the new boss of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, who are struggling at the wrong end of the Primera Division.

The legendary Argentine player left Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa in June, citing poor health, but he is now ready to coach again and this should be interesting.

“Finally it’s now official. I am very happy to be the new coach of Gimnasia. I want to thank the president Gabriel Pellegrino for this opportunity and say to all the fans that we are going to work with our hearts and souls for El Lobo.”

Nicknamed El Lobo (the Wolf), Gimnasia have one point from their first five games and Maradona will now be tasked with pushing them up the Argentina top-flight and away from a relegation scrap.

After leading Argentina to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup as La Albiceleste’s manager, Maradona had two stints as a coach in the Middle East with Al-Wasl and Al-Fujairah.

His spell as Dorados boss was eventful and Diego isn’t shy in sharing his opinion.

If he can make a success of this, who’s to say he can’t return to take charge of his beloved Boca Juniors one day?

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