Diego Maradona's Reign In Charge Of Argentina Comes To An End - Report

Maradona laid down his ground rules for a contract renewal as national coach but it could spell the end of the line...
Diego Maradona's meeting with the AFA on Monday has spelled the end of his reign as coach of Argentina, according to reports.

Maradona put forward the conditions under which he would stay on to president Julio Grondona during yesterday's meeting and it now looks likely there will be no renewal for the iconic coach.

It was made clear during the meeting that if any of Maradona's staff were removed from the set-up, el Diego would step aside; Grondona did not respond favourably to this idea claim South American sources.

The AFA reportedly intend to disband the staff roster and Maradona did not just reject the idea, he also wanted to augment the group further by adding Oscar Ruggeri.

Grondona has made no official comment as yet but Argentine newspaper Olé has confirmed the end of an era in today's edition.

A further meeting held today by Grondona with an Executive Committee will shed some light on the situation, however unless something unexpected forms during the meeting, Maradona's terms will not be met.

Goal.com Latin America held a survey for readers, "Who should be the coach of Argentina" after their elimantion at the hands of Germany in the World Cup quarter-final.

The result posted a unanimous winner, Carlos Bianchi with 35.71% with Maradona on 17.86%.

Other potential candidates include, Marcelo Bielsa, Gerardo Martino, Claudio Borghi and Angel Cappa.

However it looks likely that Sergio Batista, currently in charge of the Argentine under-20 team, will take charge of the Albiceleste for August's friendly against Ireland in Dublin.

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