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Maradona best remembered for magic moments

Diego Maradona is finding life in management slightly harder than life on the pitch, and was sacked from his position as manager of United Arab Emirates outfit Al Wasl yesterday.

The Argentine legend, dismissed from his position as national team manager after World Cup defeat to Germany in 2010, is one of football's most recognised characters, having enjoyed spells with Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona as a player.

He also led his country to glory at the 1986 World Cup, infamously helping defeat England in the quarter-finals with 'the hand of God', as well as a quite brilliant individual goal.

Never far from controversy, Maradona was dismissed from the Argentina team in 1994 for failing a drugs test, and fired an air rifle at reporters he claimed were hounding him later that same year.

Cocaine addiction - thought to stem back to the 80s - and alcoholism would almost cost the 51-year-old his life in 2004, but the next step would always be management for a man who loves the game. Taking over La Albiceleste as a first major job was always going to be a step too far, but a chance that he would never turn down.

The move to Al Wasl was about two things - money and raising the profile of the club - but after fighting with opposition fans in the stands and an eighth-place finish in the league, his days in the position was always numbered.

"Following a meeting held by the board of directors of Al Wasl football company held to evaluate the technical staff of Al Wasl under the leadership of coach Diego Maradona, it was decided to terminate the services of coach Diego Maradona and his technical staff," the club confirmed in a statement on their website.

So, what next for Maradona? Press reports claim Nottingham Forest's new owners are interested, but his record shows that a move would be nothing more than a publicity stunt for a team that are supposedly challenging for promotion in the Npower Championship.

Maradona has done little to show that he has the tactical awareness or man-management ability to hold a high-profile position as a manager, and taking on future roles in management could continue to tarnish his reputation.

What the football public should hope for is retirement from the game. We want to remember this player for his genius at Boca and Napoli, for lifting his country to the pinnacle of world football, and then almost repairing the trick at Italia '90.

And what better way to help you do that than with a video of some of his greatest moments in the game. Leave your messages and memories of Maradona below...

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