Showdown talks with club management

Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona will have showdown talks with club chairman Marwan bin Bayat imminently after admitting his job is only half done at Zabeel Stadium so far.

By Alex Leach

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Published: Fri 27 Apr 2012, 12:42 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:30 AM

The Cheetahs enter this Thursday night’s Etisalat Pro-League derby at Al Nasr 18 points adrift of champions elect Al Ain and eight away from the AFC Champions League shake-up.

Their only chance of silverware for the remainder of this season is the little-known GCC Champions League competition, having already exited the Etisalat and President’s Cups, and Maradona is growing increasingly impatient.

He now wants to thrash out some stumbling blocks to progress with bin Bayat and is determined to receive assurances on any pledges made after a campaign blighted by broken promises in his eyes.

“My work here has not been complete. I can safely say that I’ve only been able to do 50 per cent of what I wanted to,” the 51-year-old boss surprisingly admitted in his pre-match media briefing.

“Certain requirements that I was promised didn’t happen and, therefore, I couldn’t do my job to the utmost degree.

“I will meet with Marwan (bin Bayat) and the Al Wasl management in the coming days or next week and we will decide if we can continue to work together; see if we can meet, as far as our collective thinking goes, and whether or not Al Wasl are able to fulfil some of my requirements.

“I will discuss the with them the requirements and see if they are able to fulfil them. I’d like to make sure that they have assurances for them to actually fulfil the promises that were made at the beginning of the season

“But, if we are unable to meet as far as our decisions and thoughts are concerned, then I might have to leave with mutual agreement that satisfies both parties.”

Maradona insists he is still four or five players short of a championship-winning squad and this latest ultimatum is designed to ensure Wasl are a more competitive force in the 2012/13 term.

“I just want to be able to be competitive and have the requirements that I need as far as the players are concerned,” he added.

“If I cannot compete for the league with the team, then I do not deserve to be coaching with these players.

“I’m here to work, achieve results and compete. This is the most important thing for me and it would sadden me if I’m not able to do that.

“It’s about being able to compete. This is what I live for – being able to compete.”

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