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Maradona in Portugal link

SoccerNews in European Championships 14 Sep 2010

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(GSM) – Argentina legend and former national coach Diego Maradona is believed to be interested in taking charge of Portugal’s national team.

Carlos Queiroz, who was sacked as Portugal coach last week, had been handed a six-month ban for allegedly insulting anti-doping agents before this year’s World Cup.

And Alejandro Mancuso, one of Maradona’s assistant coaches during his two-year reign as Argentina coach, claims he has discussed the idea of coaching Portugal with Maradona.

“It’s true,” he told A Bola. “Diego and I have already talked about the option of working for Portugal because it’s a project that we like very much.

“He has the will and absolute freedom, but for the moment nobody has got in touch with him in an official way.”

The Argentine coach has welcomed any coaching offers since the Argentinian Federation chose not to renew his contract after their quarter-final exit at this summer’s World Cup.

And although there is yet to be any contact regarding the Portugal job, Mancuso insists it would be Maradona’s preferred choice if their federation expressed an interest.

“There is a priority for the option of the Portuguese national team, but this will be once there is interest from the Portuguese Federation and they get in touch,” he said.

“Maradona has opened the doors to everyone and this is a project in which he feels a big motivation.

“In addition, money wouldn’t be a problem at all.”

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