Diego Maradona resigned on Tuesday as coach of Gymnastics and Fencing La Plata after leading eight games because the club president, Gabriel Pellegrino, will not stand for the elections to be held on Saturday.
«Maradona said that if there was no unity, he would resign (…). He and his people tried to get the club together. The unit failed, there are lists, on Saturday there are elections and any of them two (the presidential candidates) will choose a technician, ”Pellegrino told a news conference.
«Yesterday he was predisposed and gave more time to see if there was unity. He wanted to keep working, he liked the club, he had a great predisposition. They always said they were leaving with those who came. They complied with what they said, ”he said. Pellegrino explained that he tried to get all the groups together to generate "unity" and Maradona to continue on the bench, but the opponents refused to join the ruling party.
“The club is much better than three years ago, we had to keep working. If we cannot achieve unity, it means that we are not part of unity. We ran, they didn't join. We believe as leaders that the club has to be united, ”he said. The manager praised the work of the 59-year-old coach and said he proved to be "the best of all as a person."
Maradona was announced as gymnastics and fencing coach La Plata on September 5. The "Wolf" was in the relegation zone to the Second Division and had only added a point of 15 possible. With Maradona on the bench, the team lost five games (1-2 against Racing Club, 1-2 against Workshops, 0-2 against River Plate, 0-1 against Unión and 0-1 against Estudiantes) and won three (4- 2 against Godoy Cruz), 4-0 against Newell's and 3-0 against Aldosivi, on the last day). However, the "Wolf" is still in the relegation zone.
The next game of Gymnastics will be this Sunday at home against Arsenal in the fourteenth day of the Argentine Super League. . (tagsToTranslate) maradona (t) gymnastics