It was quite a surprise to see Diego Maradona appointed as manager of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata earlier this week.
The club currently sit 18th in the Argentinian Superliga and are in real danger of relegation.
Is Maradona the man to save them?
Well, Gimnasia represents Maradona’s seventh job in management having taken control of Textil Mandiyú and Racing Club in his native country, the Argentinian national side, Al Wasl and Fujairah in Qatar and Dorados in Mexico.
He wasn’t particularly successful in any of those jobs but it seems he’s going everything in his power to make sure he saves Gimnasia from relegation.
A report in Argentina has revealed what Maradona has done in the first few days in his new job after thousands of Gimnasia fans turned up to see his unveiling.
Firstly, he asked for a priest to visit the club’s training ground in an attempt to banish bad vibes and give blessing to the players.
Secondly, he’s banned the colour green. Players are forbidden to wear the colour at the club, whether they’re training or playing.
And he also wants to ban the number 13 and 17.
But there’s a bit of a problem. These numbers are currently worn by players Jesus Vargas and Pablo Velazque.
Therefore, Maradona has written to the Super League in an attempt to get these numbers changed. Unsurprisingly, he’s not had too much luck just yet…
If that wasn’t enough, a different report claims that former Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo could be signing for the club.
Osvaldo retired from football in 2016 to become a rock star.
During his time on the south coast, the Italian had a training ground bust-up with Jose Fonte, while he had an on-field row with Mauro Icardi over a mis-placed pass.
Meanwhile, at Boca, with the Argentine club already looking to get rid of him manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto caught him smoking in the dressing rooms.
Sounds like he and Maradona are a match made in heaven then…News Now - Sport News