Saturday February 11 2012
Maradona: 'I'd be Napoli Coach, but...'

Diego Armando Maradona has confessed he’d “love to become the Napoli Coach,” but is prevented from doing so by a 1980s indiscretion.

El Pibe de Oro is still considered a living legend in Naples, where giant murals adorn the city and the memories of his Scudetto-winning exploits remain strong.

“I’d love to become the Napoli Coach,” he told Jornada Online in Argentina. “I could well give it a go, but only if the Italian State stops forcing me to pay €40m in taxes.

“At the time I signed a contract with the club that excluded taxes. I try to point out that situation, but every time I set foot in Italy I have to hand over a watch or a ring as payment. It was a mistake by those who dealt with my affairs in the 80s.

“God chooses where I will work, so I am not worried by the future.”

Maradona is currently the manager of Dubai club Al-Wasl and took Argentina to the 2010 World Cup.

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