Diego Maradona fired as Al Wasl coach



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Diego Maradona has been fired as Al Wasl coach after the Argentine great failed to win a title for the Dubai club.

The board of directors met Tuesday and issued a statement saying Maradona and his technical staff had been immediately “relieved” of their duties. Maradona, who was on vacation and not in Dubai, could not be reached for comment.

A replacement for Maradona was not announced.

Maradona signed a two-year deal in May 2011. He was popular with fans and helped put United Arab Emirates soccer on the map. However, his team finished eighth in the 12-team league.

Maradona was expected to return for a second season. But he was left vulnerable when the Al Wasl board was replaced in June.