Diego Maradona to Manage Argentinian Side Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata

Diego Maradona. Photo by Gennaro Giorgio/REX/Shutterstock

Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona has a new job. After quitting leaving Mexican second division side Dorados in June, Maradona now returned to native Argentina where he will be the manager of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.

Gimnasia competed in Superliga Argentina and is currently on the bottom of the standings having zero wins in five games.

The club confirmed Maradona’s arrival on Thursday via a post on social media.

“Star of world football, Diego Armando Maradona, has signed his name and is the new coach of Gimnasia,”- Gimnasia said in a statement. “The deal runs until the end of the current season.”

Maradona spent the two previous two years with Dorados, managing to get the club to Ascenso MX finals for two consecutive seasons. He decided to depart the club in order to undergo knee surgery, with both sides expressing interest in continuing to work together after that. Things changed, however, when Gimnasia called, and Maradona decided to return to the homeland.

This won’t be Diego Maradona’s first managerial stint in Argentina, as he briefly coached clubs Mandiyú de Corrientes and Racing Club in the mid-’90s. He also served as the coach of Argentina’s national team between 2008 and 2010, leading them to a fifth-place finish at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.