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Diego Maradona starts coaching job at Mexican side Dorados
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Diego Maradona starts coaching job at Mexican side Dorados


Diego Maradona waves to fans at the Banorte stadium in Culiacan, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, Mexico on 10 September 2018.Image copyright
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Maradona greeted fans as he held his first training session

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has begun a new job as manager of a Mexican second-division club.

The 1986 World Cup winner said the experience was a rebirth after years of battling drug addiction, alcoholism and obesity.

The choice though of Dorados in Sinaloa state, home to one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels, surprised some.

Maradona said he would coach in an attacking manner, similar to how he played.

“We are going to look to win games, as I do not like to play defensive football,” Maradona told his first press conference.

He also acknowledged some of his past struggles. “I had a lot of missteps in my life. I assume this responsibility like someone who holds a child in their arms,” he said.

“When I took [drugs] … It made me go backwards, it was a step back, and what football players have to do is go forward.”

Although local media reported that residents of the wealthy neighbourhood where Maradona hopes to live have blocked his move, Dorados fans were largely supportive.

“We trust you, Diego. Here we don’t criticise, we only admire,” one fan’s sign said.

Mexico was the scene of Maradona’s finest moment as a player, when he led his country to the 1986 World Cup title.

But he said had not come to the club to reminisce. “We are not here for a stroll, we didn’t come on vacation, we came to work… It will be great to win together, it will be great to win together,” he said.

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Maradona was given a Dorados shirt, featuring the number he played in

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It is the latest managerial role for the Argentine

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Maradona has struggled with his weight and addiction in recent years

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Maradona spoke of the role at Dorados as a “new beginning”

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Hundreds of Dorados fans turned up to watch Maradona’s first training session

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They welcomed Maradona to their club with banners and a mural

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Others made portraits of the footballing great



Source BBC News

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