UAE FA head says fired Maradona needed more time

AP, Wednesday 11 Jul 2012

Maradona was fired Tuesday after one season in charge of UAE's Al Wasl

Diego Maradona

The head of United Arab Emirates soccer says the recently fired Diego Maradona should have been given more time to turn around his Al Wasl club.

Yousuf al-Sarkal, the president of the UAE Football Association, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that one year was not enough to elevate the Dubai club from the middle of the standings . He says the club's failure to win any trophies cannot be solely blamed on the former Argentina great. He said it was a ''collective work involving the coach, players and management.''

Maradona was fired Tuesday after one season in charge, having signed a two-year deal in May 2011. The team finished eighth in the 12-team league, and the club's board of directors resigned in June following the poor season.

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