Fujairah give up on re-hiring Maradona

Dubai: Fujairah have failed in their bid to lure Diego Maradona back as coach for another year, it was announced late on Thursday.

The Argentine 1986 World Cup winner was sacked last Friday after the club missed out on automatic promotion to the Arabian Gulf League on the last day of the season following a 1-1 draw at home to Khor Fakkan.

Maradona’s agent Matias Morla had insisted that the departure was a mutual decision.

Two days later, however, with the club still in with a shot at promotion via the play-offs against Hatta on May 9 and May 13, Fujairah announced that they had re-hired Maradona for another year, but Morla immediately denied the deal.

However, on Thursday the club finally admitted that they had in fact failed in their bid to bring Diego back, issuing the following statement: “Maradona agreed to sign a contract extension and even sent voice messages to the players, but then his representatives interfered and asked for quadruple his wages, so we stopped the negotiations. We wish him good luck.”

Morla said: “Diego’s contract was effective until May 31 but then the club arranged Diego’s departure, I understand that was in a moment of fever but sometimes those decisions in the heat of the moment have their consequences.

“Diego has since had offers from other clubs in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. These offers far outweigh the offer from Fujairah, so if they want Diego, they will have to upload their offer.”

Fujairah was Maradona’s second UAE managerial assignment after he was sacked halfway through a two-year contract with Al Wasl back in 2012.