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
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