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Maradona’s future hangs in balance

Now that Argentina has sneaked into next year's World Cup, the question still remains whether Diego Maradona will be going with the team to South Africa. Or will the man recognized as one of the world's greatest players be pushed aside, or resign as he threatened to do a week ago under mounting criticism over his coaching acumen.

sports Updated: Oct 15, 2009 23:27 IST

Now that Argentina has sneaked into next year's World Cup, the question still remains whether Diego Maradona will be going with the team to South Africa. Or will the man recognized as one of the world's greatest players be pushed aside, or resign as he threatened to do a week ago under mounting criticism over his coaching acumen.

Maradona probably did not help his case after Wednesday's 1-0 victory at Uruguay, letting loose with a string of profanities in a tirade on live television — much of it directed against reporters and his critics.

Last week he threatened to resign, then said later he was misquoted.

Asked about it again after reaching the World Cup, he said he had to speak with Julio Grondona, the powerful, longtime head of the Argentine football federation.

It was Grondona who hired Maradona — he had virtually no coaching experience — almost a year ago despite a wealth Argentina talent.

Team leader and midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron was outspoken after the victory, and he offered little support to either Maradona or Grondona.

“There's nothing to celebrate. From Grondona on down, it's all bad,” Veron said.

“We suffered, we hung in there and in the end we were able to win, but we have much room for improvement. Now the coach can take the time he needs to correct what needs to be corrected, and put together a team for the World Cup.”