Maradona fancies Premier League job

Diego Maradona admits he would relish the chance to manage in the Premier League and claims the Argentina job was taken from him ‘unfairly’.

Maradona is seeking a new challenge after parting company with the Argentina national side in the summer.

The Argentine legend led his side to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup where they were beaten by Germany.

And the 49-year-old is now seeking a return to management, admitting that England’s top flight has much appeal.

He told Sky Sports News: "Yes, I would like to manage in the Premier League.

"It has very good teams, an exceptional level and great players.

"The only problem is all the teams I like in England have good coaches.

"If any important job comes along I will accept it."

Maradona has been linked with a number of positions in recent months, including the previously vacant Aston Villa job, but insists he was never in the running to accept a role.

"I want to make it clear that I didn’t offer myself for any job, nor did anyone offer me anything," he said.

"But I know I will go back with the national team some day, that is my fate. I’m waiting."

Maradona remains disappointed by the manner of his exit as Argentina head coach after it had seemed his contract would be extended by Argentine Football Association.

He said: "They took away the national team from me unfairly.

"I don’t want to talk about it, it doesn’t deserve any words. I am in too good a mood to talk about people who don’t deserve my words.

"But I do miss the national team."