Maradona to learn his fate

26 July 2010 11:01

Diego Maradona's future as Argentina coach could become clear on Tuesday night when the federation president Julio Grondona discusses the details of today's meeting with his board.

Maradona said he would no longer coach Argentina after they were eliminated from the World Cup by Germany at the quarter-final stage, but on Monday morning he revealed he is keen to sign a new contract - so long as he is allowed to retain his entire backroom staff.

The 49-year-old met with Grondona in Ezeiza - a city close to Buenos Aires - today, and the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) president will discuss the matter with board members on Tuesday night.

AFA spokesman Ernesto Cherquis Bialo told Radio La Red: "Maradona told the AFA president his thoughts about the present and future and what he was expecting regarding his staff. The president's idea was the opposite and they discussed about that.

"After both parties expressed their own points of view, Grondona told Maradona that he was going to communicate his requirements to the members' executive committee in tomorrow's meeting and, according to the decision they make, then they were going to meet again.

"The meeting went through different moments. Some of them were kind, some others tense, but talking about football always.

"Only Maradona and Grondona attended the meeting. Gossip and speculation by the media are just theories and hypothesis and I cannot say anything about that.

"The executive committee will be given a spoken review of the meeting by Grondona and, according to what he reports, the committee will make a decision or they could even delay it."

Reports suggest Grondona wants the 1986 World Cup winner to pen a new four-year deal, but one of Maradona's assistants, former Argentina defender Oscar Ruggeri, has been criticised by the AFA chief in the wake of the team's World Cup exit.

Argentina's next game is a friendly against Ireland on August 11 in Dublin, and the squad is due to be announced on Tuesday.

Source: PA