Diego Maradona steps down as manager of Dorados amid health concerns

DIEGO MARADONA has stepped down as Dorados head coach – needing surgery on his shoulder and knee. the sun
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The 58-year-old took over in September and took the team that was near the bottom in the standings to consecutive final series in the 2018 and 2019 tournaments, but they narrowly missed out on promotion.

Both times, the team fell to Atletico San Luis, which reached the top flight.

Matias Morla, said on his Twitter account: “Diego Maradona decided to not continue as the head coach of Dorados.

“On medical advice, he will dedicate time to his health and will have two surgeries: in the shoulder and knee.

“We are thankful to the Dorados family and will continue the dream together in the future.”

 Diego Maradona has said goodbye to Dorados after getting widespread praise for his work there

In January, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in Argentina suffering from stomach bleeding, just a few days before returning to Mexico for his second season with Dorados.

Maradona’s orthopedic surgeon, German Ochoa, said earlier this year that the former soccer star has no cartilage left in his knees due to severe osteoarthritis and will need prostheses.

The club tweeted: “Together we shocked the world. We showed that soccer is all about passion and heart, you will always be a Dorado, thanks for everything Diego.

His arrival to Sinaloa, considered the heartland of drug-trafficking in Mexico raised eyebrows due to Maradona’s troubles with addictions in the past.

But in his nine month-stint in Mexico, he never got into trouble outside the pitch and led his team close to the first division.

Maradona said after losing the Clausura finals: “I was on the brink of the dead, to me, this … is nothing.

 Maradona had got Dorados close to promotion

Maradona had got Dorados close to promotion credit

“I’m just sad for the guys on the team.”

He has been the subject of an explosive new documentary, which details Maradona’s time in Napoli

It shows how he was used by the Italian Mafia, which supplied the cocaine and prostitutes he relied on.

The partying lifestyle appears to have taken its toll on the Argentinian icon, three decades later, and who knows when he will be back in football.

Maradona was stopped last month at an airport after his ex-girlfriend sued him for £5million.

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