Argentine legend Diego Maradona was on Thurday appointed the manager of second-division football club Dorados after leaving his most recent job at Al Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
Maradona replaces Francisco Gomez, who oversaw a winless start to the Ascenso MX season following three losses and three draws in the opening six matches.
“Dorados of Sinaloa is pleased to announce Diego Armando Maradona is the new manager of the ‘Big Fish,’” the club said in a statement.
“Considered by many to be the best footballer of all time, Diego was known in his playing career for leading teams with guts and fight to carry them to successes that few believed possible,” it said.
The club wants Maradona to stay for the remainder of the 2018 season and all of next season, Dorados president Jorgealberto Hank Inzunza told ESPN.
“In my conversations with him he’s been very excited to come coach here. Honestly, it was easier to convince him than I thought,” he said.
The club first confirmed rumors of Maradona’s hiring with a brief video posted online.
“Diego, welcome to the Big Fish!” said a message accompanying the video.
Dorados are currently in 13th place in their 15-team league.
Maradona led Argentina at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where the South American giants were humbled 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals.