Can you imagine El Diego in the Ewood Park dugout?
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Blackburn want Diego Maradona to replace Sam Allardyce.
Rovers’ Indian owners will try to talk the Argentina superstar out of retirement as part of their dream to make the sleepy Lancashire club a top name.
Maradona had a brief, colourful spell with the Argentina national team who he took to the World Cup finals – despite up-and-down results in qualifying.
The Rao brothers hope to attract a big name to their new club as a way of promoting their Indian poultry company worldwide.
Allardyce was not considered glamorous enough and paid the price. Current first-team coach Steve Keane has stepped in as caretaker boss.
Maradona has not worked in Europe as a coach, but was worshipped in Spain and Italy during his playing career at Barcelona and Napoli.
The charismatic figure would need British staff to work beside him, but the Raos would be happy just to have him associated with the club.
An Indian insider said: “Maradona is seen as the right profile for the VH Group. He could be offered the manager’s job, the general manager’s job or even technical director.”
Maradona was mysteriously in England recently and made no secret of the fact he is keen to return to management. (Daily Mirror)
This is a brilliant story, but there must be a maximum one percent of it being true. Surely.
When Maradona came to England in November, it wasn’t exactly “mysteriously”.
He watched Fulham play Manchester City, where his former Argentina charges Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta took to the field, and was at the O2 Arena to see every night of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis.
Similarly when Maradona talked of managing in England, he proclaimed his love of the biggest teams. Without meaning disrespect to the club, but one might question if he has even heard of Blackburn Rovers.
Whether you like him or not, few could argue that Sam Allardyce was not doing a good job at Ewood Park, and his sacking by the Rao brothers was scandalous.
It also doesn’t seem right to recruit a football manager to promote the sales of chickens.
Finally, with a poor grasp of English and given Blackburn’s simple but effective style of play, it is difficult to imagine Maradona instructing Christopher Samba et al on how to perform a Marseille roulette…
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