Saturday, 3rd July 2010

Calls are growing in Argentina to hand Diego Maradona a long term contract no matter what happens in today’s World Cup quarter-final meeting with Germany. The former Napoli idol has seen his reputation restored in South Africa following a troubled qualification campaign in South America.

Argentine FA member Humberto Grandon told L’Equipe that he believes Maradona has done enough to earn a longer stay as coach and furthermore, that only a long term deal could bring results.

"Diego should not only remain until the Copa America in 2011" said Grandon, "but until 2015, [as] we are mimicking the Chilean federation who extended Marcelo Bielsa’s deal to this date.

"The long term projects are those which give the results."



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