As i wrote two days ago, it's confirmed that Maradona won't continue as Argentina's head coach.
In a press conference where he only read a statement, Maradona confirmed what everyone was talking about : that AFA mafia president Julio Grondona said he wanted him to continue but changing 7 of their assistants (including doctors, physical trainer, etc).
As expected Maradona couldn't agree with this, so he had to leave.
He also said Grondona is a liar (nothing that Argentina football fans don't know already for a very long time) and that Carlos Bilardo betrayed him.
Only a year ago, Bilardo, ex Argentina NT coach from 1983 to 1990, who started working as the General Manager of the NT at the same time Diego started as the coach, said that if Maradona left his job, he would have to leave too, but looks like he changed his mind because now he's staying.
Maradona was coach of the Argentina national team for only 18 months, the shortest period of any coach in the last 35 years and besides that i think that he did some tactical mistakes in some games, he definitely didn't deserve this kind of treatment.
The National Team will be coached temporarily by Sergio "Checho" Batista, also a 1986 WC champion who has been in charge of the younger Argentina divisions since 2007.
The next friendly is on August 11 at Dublin vs Ireland, and the players called for this game are :
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Mariano Andújar.
Defenders: Martín Demichelis, Walter Samuel, Nicolás Burdisso, Gabriel Heinze, Fabricio Coloccini, Emiliano Insúa, Pablo Zabaleta.
Midfielders: Angel Di María, Maximiliano Rodríguez, Javier Mascherano, Jonás Gutiérrez, Mario Bolatti, Javier Pastore, Jesús Dátolo, Fernando Gago, Ever Banega.
Strikers: Sergio Agüero, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuaín, Lionel Messi, Diego Milito, Ezequiel Lavezzi.