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"Scaloni could take Argentina to the World Cup - the motorsport one, not the football one"

Maradona was critical of the national team coach: "We have lots of good coaches - Menotti, Gareca, Alfaro, Gallardo, Guillermo... Argentineans do everything backwards".

"Scaloni could take Argentina to the World Cup - the motorsport one, not the football one"

Diego Maradona was scathing in his judgement of Argentina's decision to hand the national team coaching post, an an interin basis, to Lionel Scaloni and used Mexico, who recently hired Gerardo Martino, as an example.

"I played alongside 'Tata' Martino at Newell's and he's a great person. Now everyone is talking about him in Mexico while we Argentineans have this Lionel Scaloni fellah, and while it's not his fault that he's there, the problem is that he thinks he's a coach and can take the team to the World Cup. And he might - the motorsport world Cup, not the football one", the Argentine legend, now coach at Dorados del Ascenso, said.

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Argentina caretaker coach Lionel Scaloni.
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Argentina caretaker coach Lionel Scaloni.GUSTAVO GARELLOREUTERS

Maradona added he feels angry that the Albiceleste have pinned their hopes on the relatively inexperienced Scaloni, who he doubts has the right credentials for the job - even as a temporary solution"It's not easy coaching Mexico, Martino will have his work cut out, but in Argentina we are so clueless that we are incapable of getting ourselves back on track despite having coaches like César Luis Menotti, Ricardo Gareca, Gustavo Alfaro, Marcelo Gallardo, Guillermo Barros Schelotto. We have lots of good coaches and we have Scaloni coaching the national team; we Argentineans seems to do everything backwards", he continued.


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