Gabriel Heinze has urged Diego Maradona not to make a snap decision on his future as Argentina boss.
In the immediate aftermath of Saturday's 4-0 hammering by Germany in the World Cup quarter-final, Maradona indicated he was likely to end his controversial reign. But Heinze insists progress has been made and while Maradona has never been far from the headlines, the former Manchester United star insists his coach must think carefully before stepping down.
"Now is not the time to make these decisions," said Heinze. "Surely it would be better to wait until the emotion has cooled."
He added: "Maradona has worked very well and it would be great for him to continue."
The World Cup is certainly going to be a less interesting place for the 49-year-old's absence, even if his lack of tactical acumen was again missing as the world's best player, Lionel Messi, ended the tournament without a goal.
Keeping Inter Milan's Champions League hero Diego Milito on the bench as his team subsided was inexplicable, whilst the total absence of Esteban Cambiasso from the Argentina squad came back to haunt them as Germany rampaged through the central midfield area he would surely have patrolled with more diligence.
"I will defend the selection and I will defend this group," countered Heinze.
"We can take some positive things from our performances in South Africa.
"But as always results are the most important thing and we screwed up."