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Diego Maradona In The Frame For Napoli Job

Former Napoli star could return to club as manager.

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Footballing legend Diego Maradona could be set for a managerial role at Napoli as they seek a replacement for Walter Mazzarri, according to Sky Sports.

The 52-year-old is widely regarded as the best player of all time, and spent his peak years in Serie A with Napoli, twice leading them to the title almost single-handedly.

The Argentins is still a legend at the club, and it has been hinted that he could be approached if Mazzarri takes over at Inter Milan, as he is expected to do at some point this summer.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis recently suggested the next manager’s name would begin with an M, which could also mean recently-sacked Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, but Maradona’s lawyer Angelo Pisani believes he is referring to his client, and has welcomed the interest from the Serie A runners-up.

“The only coach with a big M for Napoli is Diego Maradona,” Pisani told Radio Italiana CRC.

“He would be very happy for having the chance of returning to the club, maybe as a sports director or simply for being with the team in Europe.

“He would be suitable at any role. I don’t know if De Laurentiis sees this as a possibility, but Diego would be the best representative of the city.”

Although great as a player, Maradona is relatively inexperienced as a manager, with his biggest role of his management career so far coming as the head coach of the Argentina national team at the 2010 World Cup, where his team were eliminated at the quarter-final stage.

More recently, he had a brief spell with Dubai side Al Wasl FC, before being sacked in July 2012.

Chelsea’s departing interim manager Rafael Benitez has also been linked with the Napoli post.


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