Al Wasl replaces Maradona with Bruno Metsu

Al Wasl replaced Diego Maradona with Bruno Metsu a week after

firing the Argentine great, who had a year left with the Dubai


Metsu signed a two-year contract on Tuesday and is joining the

team next week, the club said. Financial terms of the contract were

not revealed.

Maradona, who signed with Al Wasl in May 2010 for two year, was

ousted from the club after it finished eighth in the 12-team league

last season. Club officials said the decision to let Maradona go

was made after Al Wasl lost the GCC Champions League title to

Bahrain’s Al Muharraq in May.

Al Wasl officials have acknowledged that Maradona brought

much-needed attention to the United Arab Emirates league. Because

he failed to turn the club around they decided to replace the

temperamental Argentine with someone who could restore the club’s

glory days of consistent wins, officials said.

Al Wasl last won the UAE Pro League title in 2007

Metsu was the national coach in Qatar and also worked in several

clubs in the emirate. Before coming to the Gulf, the Frenchman

reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup with Senegal.

Maradona learnt about his dismissal from Al Wasl last week, when

he was out of Dubai. He posted a letter to the club on his website,

saying he’d like to meet with Al Wasl officials to save his job.

Maradona acknowledged his push for signing of new players had

become an issue, but said he hoped to resolve it in a meeting.

The meeting never took place.

Maradona joined Al Wasl after he was fired as the Argentina

national coach. Argentina had mixed results during his reign, which

included two of its worst losses – 6-1 to Bolivia in the 2010 World

Cup qualifying and 4-0 to Germany in the quarterfinals of the

tournament in South Africa.

Before taking over Argentina in 2008, Maradona coached

first-division clubs Deportivo Mandiyu in 1994 and Racing Club a

year later.