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Argentines don’t want Maradona back as coach

- Diego Armando Maradona on Saturday received an overwhelming rejection from his compatriots in his desire to return as the coach of Argentina’s soccer team.

Various surveys in the major newspapers show a strong opposition to the former midfielder, who broke a three-month silence the day before to announce that he wants to lead the “Albiceleste” (white and lightblue) and that he would even give his life for that.

But an average of nine out of ten readers of the newspapers Clarin, La Nacion and the site Infobae.com say in surveys that they do not want Maradonato return, who led the team for the last time when they fell 4-0 to Germany in the quarterfinals in the Soccer World Cup.

When asked “Do you think Maradona should return to being the coach of the national team?” Clarín 9516 readers chose “no” from a total of 10,444 that voted, ie 91.11% of the sample, according to the newspaper.

With voting still underway, readers of the portal Infobae.com responded similarly to the same question: 4,455 (88.38%) said “no” and only 586 (11.62%) responded “yes.”

On the website of La Nacion on Saturday poll numbers showed an even more definite tendency rejecting Maradona. In response to the query “Diego very much desires to return as coach of the soccer team; Would you like him to come back?” With about 6185 responses, 93% of them chose “no.”

After the World Cup, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) decided not to renew Maradona’s contract based on his refusal to separate from his colaborators and instead appointed Sergio Batista on an temporary basis.