Diego Armando Maradona’s passage through Mexico has been eventful, to say the least. On Saturday, with the international break at full swing, his team Dorados de Sinaloa and their parent club, Xolos de Tijuana, decided to play a friendly at the Estadio Caliente. Prior to the start of the game, his club decided to take the unprecedented step to allow him to speak to the FOX Deportes crew about a number of subjects.
As you might imagine, Maradona had a lot to say, including taking widely reported shots at Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Among the topics was the coaching vacancy to the Mexico National Team. Maradona was not shy of expressing his delight over the possibility of managing El Tri one day, but did insist that both Matias Almeyda and Antonio “Turco” Mohamed are easily qualified to take over the position.
The other name that was mentioned was that of Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who rapidly has risen as the Mexican Federation’s number one candidate. Maradona had only good things to say about Martino, even jokingly saying he hopes Martino stays at Atlanta United so that he can have a better chance at coaching El Tri.
Currently, little to no progress has been made in announcing a new coach. Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti remains as interim manager and is set to be present in El Tri’s remaining three matches of the year.