Diego Maradona leaves position with Al-Fujairah FC in UAE's second-tier
Diego Maradona has left his position as the manager of United Arab Emirates second-tier club Al-Fujairah just hours after his team failed to gain automatic promotion to the country's top flight, his lawyer Matias Morla announced.
"After today's draw and not having achieved the goal of promotion for Fujairah, Diego Maradona will no longer be the coach of the team.The decision was taken by mutual agreement and Diego leaves the team in a playoffs position and wishing the best to the club that opened its doors for him," wrote Morla on his Twitter account.
On Thursday, his Al-Fujairah side drew 1-1 with Khorfakkan. That result meant Maradona's team missed out on automatic promotion to the Arabian Gulf League and will instead have a two-legged playoff against Hatta in May.
Maradona was appointed coach of Al-Fujairah in May of 2017.
Maradona won the 1986 World Cup with his country and reached the final four years later, and twice won Serie A with Napoli. His career also included stops at Argentinos Juniors, Barcelona, Sevilla, Newell's Old Boys and Boca Juniors.
He began his coaching career with short stints at Mandiyu de Corrientes and Racing Club in the mid-90s, but he did not take charge of a team again until he was appointed coach of Argentina in 2008. He led his country to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but his contract was not renewed after they were beaten 4-0 by Germany in the quarterfinals.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.