Maradona issues quit threat
Diego Maradona has threatened to walk out on Argentina just days after being appointed as coach.
Last Updated: 15/11/08 12:59pm
Diego Maradona has threatened to walk out on Argentina just days after being appointed as the new national team coach.
The legend of the game is reported unhappy at attempts by Argentina Football Association boss Julio Grondona to block the appointment of Oscar Ruggeri as his No.2.
Maradona, who was only appointed on 4th November, is due to take charge of his first match next Wednesday when Argentina tackle Scotland at Hampden Park in a friendly international.
But the former Barcelona and Napoli ace insists he will not travel to Scotland unless his choice of backroom staff is fully endorsed.
Maradona said: "I will be the trainer of Argentina with my technical staff I want to work with, otherwise I will not be coming to Glasgow."
Argentina FA technical secretary Carlos Bilardo, however, was confident Maradona will not carry out his threat.
He said: "He won't resign. I have spoken to Diego and told him he has to go slowly. There are 500 people he can choose to assist him.
"When I coached the national team (between 1983 and 1990) I had to change my whole staff after four or five months of work.
"But Diego wants them all at once."
Grondona would not reveal the reasons for his dislike of former Argentina defender Ruggeri.
"It's my problem," he said. "I don't want to talk about this."