Diego Maradona has promised Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata supporters he plans to work with all his heart and soul after becoming the club’s new manager.
Just three months after leaving Mexican second division side Dorados for health reasons, Maradona has returned to the dugout in his native Argentina.
The 1986 World Cup winner has taken over the struggling Gimnasia, who sit bottom in the Argentinian Superliga. It’s Maradona’s sixth different role as a club manager, and his third in Argentina’s top-flight division.
While the 58-year-old is only under contract for the remainder of this season, he is nevertheless delighted with his new job.
“Finally, now it is official. I’m very happy to be the new coach of Gimnasia,” Maradona wrote on Instagram.
“I want to thank president Gabriel Pellegrino for this opportunity and I want to tell the fans that I will work with all my soul and heart for El Lobo (The Wolf). A hug and thank you very much!”
The former Argentina manager is set to make his Gimnasia debut against Racing Club, who sit 14th in the standings, on September 15.
With El Lobo having just one point from their opening five matches, however, Maradona will have his work cut out to turn things around.
“I have a huge satisfaction because I found a father figure for the club,” said president Pellegrino on Maradona’s appointment.
“We talked about the details and he was constantly talking about the fans. It’s all positive. We are in a difficult time and we need someone really strong.
“We thought of him, we called him and he was the first to say that he wanted to take care of this moment for Gimnasia.”