Maradona targets Villa job

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Former Argentina boss Diego Maradona is eyeing a return to management in the Premier League with Aston Villa.

Former Argentina star fancies vacant Villa Park post

Former Argentina boss Diego Maradona is eyeing a return to management in the Premier League with Aston Villa. The 49-year-old is in negotiations with several clubs over a possible move to Europe, according to his European representative Walter Soriano. The controversial former Napoli ace left his post as Argentina coach last month following his side's quarter-final exit from the World Cup. England will forever remember Maradona for his 'Hand of God' goal against the Three Lions at the 1986 tournament, but Soriano says his client would welcome an approach from Villa owner Randy Lerner following manager Martin O'Neill's departure earlier this week. "I think Diego would be very open to the idea of coming to England and managing Aston Villa," Soriano told the Sunday Mercury. "He is very attracted to English football and the way of life in your country and I know he would be very willing to move there. "He loves the English countryside and your respect for privacy, so he would be very happy there, especially at a big club like Aston Villa.

Offer

"If the owner Randy Lerner wants to make him a serious offer, I am sure he would get a very positive response. "Diego is currently talking with a number of clubs in Europe - including another one in England - about a management role and is looking at his options carefully." Lerner is on the hunt for a new permanent boss at Villa Park after O'Neill left the club just days before the new Premier League season got underway. Kevin MacDonald took caretaker charge on Saturday as Villa kicked off the new campaign with a commanding 3-0 win over West Ham.

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