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Maradona steps down as Dorados boss due to medical reasons

Maradona steps down as Dorados boss due to medical reasons

14/06/2019 at 09:17Updated 14/06/2019 at 09:18

Diego Maradona has left his position as manager of Mexican Second Division club Sinaloa Dorados after citing medical reasons.

The 58-year-old Maradona took over in September 2018 and took the team that was near the bottom in the standings to consecutive final series in the Apertura 2018 and Clausura 2019 tournaments.

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

"Diego Maradona decided to not continue as the head coach of Dorados," Maradona's manager, Matias Morla, said on his Twitter account.

Diego Maradona failed to guide Dorados to the Mexican top flight

Diego Maradona failed to guide Dorados to the Mexican top flightGetty Images

"On medical advice he will dedicate time to his health and will have two surgeries: in the shoulder and knee. We are thankful with the Dorados family and will continue the dream together in the future."

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.

Maradona was previously admitted to hospital just before his second season with Dorados

Maradona was previously admitted to hospital just before his second season with DoradosGetty Images

"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," the club tweeted. "Get well and we'll see you soon."

Maradona's arrival at 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.

"I was on the brink of dead, to me, this ... is nothing", said Maradona after losing the Clausura finals. "I'm just sad for the guys on the team."

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