Maradona wanted by UAE for national job despite poor record at Al-Wasl
Diego Maradona is being lined up to take over as manager of the United Arab Emirates national team.
The Argentinian great has been based in Dubai since last May having taken over at successful domestic outfit Al Wasl, his first club management role.
Maradona was one of the stars of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as manager of his country where, despite the below par performance of his side, he attracted high levels of attention for his behaviour.
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Yousuf Al Serkal, chairman of the UAE's Football Association interim committee, told local media the enigmatic manager is on a short list that contains at least three names.
A decision is expected before the domestic season wraps up in May.
The UAE have been without a permanent manager since Slovenian Srecko Katanec was sacked after a 3-1 loss to Lebanon in September.
In December, Maradona, who earlier this month underwent a successful operation to have kidney stones removed, said he would accept the job 'with pleasure'.