Maradona ready to coach Argentina for free


HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 04: Ezequiel Lavezzi #22 of Argentina scores a goal past Ronald Raldes #16 of Bolivia during their international friendly match at BBVA Compass Stadium on September 4, 2015 in Houston, Texas.   Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

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Diego Maradona has offered to take on the Argentina coaching job even if no remuneration will be added to same.

The 55-year-old previously was in charge of the Argentina national team between 2008 and 2010, with the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Germany in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup ending his time in charge

Maradona made a return to coaching with a not too eventful spell at Al Wasl in 2011 and has since not worked in a coaching capacity since being sacked in July 2012.

However, Argentina are on the lookout for a new coach after Gerardo Martino resigned the post following the penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Chile in the 2016 Copa America final.

And Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, is hopeful he will be considered for the job.

“[Diego] Simeone was not interested in the job for financial reasons. Money is not an issue for me,” Maradona told Fox Sports.

“I would coach the national team for free.

“A lot of people seem to think I am an expensive coach. But what about Mourinho? And Ancelotti or Simeone? I don’t know how expensive I am compared to these coaches.

“I am starting to miss coaching more and more. I miss working with the players and fighting with the journalists.”

Argentina will be coached by caretaker boss Julio Olarticoechea during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.