Maradona: I should be new Boca coach

Published Dec. 20, 2010 8:42 p.m. EST

Diego Maradona says he should be the new coach of Boca Juniors and has criticized the club for being on the verge of appointing Julio Cesar Falcioni to the job.

Maradona said Monday that "I say to the people at Boca that I will be on the bench there one day."

Falcioni's representative, Sergio Greco, said on Saturday that his client had given up his job as coach of Argentine club Banfield and was ready to take over Boca when the Clausura season starts early next year.

Maradona, 50, has been out of work since he was dropped after the World Cup as Argentina's national team coach. Since then he has campaigned unsuccessfully for a return to the national team, or with a club.