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The flamboyant former Paraguay goalkeeper has added fuel to the argument that Maradona is not yet ready to coach Argentina.

Following Argentina’s humiliating 6-1 shock defeat at Bolivia in midweek in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, one of football’s most colourful and controversial characters, Jose Luis Chilavert has chipped in with his opinion on Diego Maradona.

The goalkeeping set-piece specialist believes that the coaching role in the Argentine national team is too huge a task for Maradona to handle in such an early stage of his managerial career.

“I believe – and I say it clearly – that the position of coach in the Argentine seleccion is too great a responsibility for Maradona,” he told Paraguayan TV channel, Unicanal.

“It is difficult for someone who has lived with and come so close to death because of drugs to be stable.

“The inconsistencies will be something very common in him and that is his big downfall. It is a problem that he will have to solve very quickly.

“You cannot succeed by reputation alone. You have to work for it. Just because you can shout and handle certain things doesn’t mean you’re capable of handling a group of players,” he concluded.

Maradona’s only previous coaching stints were with Argentine regional side Mandiyu de Correintes and Racing Club.

KS Leong, Goal.com

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