Maradona in Dubai

Maradona accepts Al Wasl offer

May 15, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Diego Maradona has been named as the new manager of Al Wasl after the Dubai-based club confirmed they had reached an agreement with the legendary Argentinian.

GettyImagesDiego Maradona is keen to get back into management

Maradona spent the weekend in the United Arab Emirates, where he met with Al Wasl club officials and it was announced that the 50-year-old had signed a two-year deal and that he would be unveiled at a press conference early next month.

''Al Wasl Sports Club is proud to announce the appointment of Diego Armando Maradona as head coach of Al Wasl Football Club, in a momentous development that will see the football legend lead the team for the next two seasons,'' the statement read.

The club's vice-chairman Marwane Ben Bayatt who led the negotiations with Maradona, added: ''Al Wasl Sports Club has become synonymous with achievements of this calibre, and we are very pleased to be welcoming Maradona to a long line of accolades in the club's history.

''This partnership embodies the vision of the club as it embraces forward thinking developments in the region to establish unprecedented standards for the sport.''

Al Wasl sit fourth in the UAE table and have been without a permanent manager since they sacked Brazilian Sergio Farias last month.