Diego Maradona resigned as coach of United Arab Emirates second division club Al Fujairah on Friday after his team failed to gain promotion, his lawyer Matias Morla announced.
Argentine legend Maradona, a former World Cup winner and one of football’s most divisive figures, said he was stepping down after a 1-1 draw against Khorfakkan.
“After today’s match, and having failed to achieve the objective of promotion, Diego Maradona will no longer be the coach of the team,” tweeted Moria.
The lawyer insisted that the decision “had been a mutual agreement” with the club and that he wished Al Fujairah “the best”.
Después del empate de hoy y de no haber logrado el objetivo de ascender al Fujairah, Diego Maradona dejará de ser el entrenador del equipo. La decisión se tomó de común acuerdo y Diego deja al equipo en situación de repechaje y deseándole lo mejor al club que le abrió sus puertas
— MATIAS MORLA (@MatiasMorlaAb) April 27, 2018
Maradona, 57, was appointed coach in May last year with the task of getting Al Fujairah back into the top flight after a two-year absence.
However, Friday’s result meant that the team cannot finish any higher than third in the table.