Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona, who famously inspired the Albiceleste to World Cup glory at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, blasted Argentine soccer federation (AFA) president Julio Grondona for his coaching choices following Argentina’s failure to recapture the World Cup title at this year’s tournament in Brazil, where the South American giant lost 1-0 to Germany in the final.
Speaking to the media during a charity game in Cordoba on Thursday, Maradona said: "I don't like either [current coach Alejandro] Sabella or [Miguel Angel] Russo.” While Sabella has not yet decided whether to extend his stay as coach of the national team, Russo is the name being muted as a possible replacement. “There is someone we're forgetting,” Maradona added, “[Cesar Luis] Menotti, who doesn't have a job because he's battled the 'mafia.'" Menotti famously guided Argentina to World Cup glory in 1978 despite clashing with AFA officials.
Maradona coached the national team to a quarterfinal finish at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.