June 3, 2020 / 5:15 PM / a month ago

Maradona extends contract as coach of Gimnasia

FILE PHOTO: Argentine great Diego Maradona balances a ball on his head during an event at the 61st Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera. Maradona, who won the World Cup in 1986 and is considered one of the game's greatest players, was at the event to promote a new documentary about his life by award-winning Serbian film director Emir Kusturica. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo

(Reuters) - Diego Maradona will remain as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima until the end of the 2020-2021 season after extending his contract, the club said on Wednesday.

Although it gave no details, the club whose fans are known as Triperos, tweeted: “For us, you are one more Tripero and your heart is as blue and white as ours. GIMNASIA 2021 MARADONA.”

The 1986 World Cup winner took charge at Gimnasia in September 2019 when they were bottom of the first division.

Although their results improved, they were still heading for relegation when the Argentine season was cancelled in April.

However, the Argentine football association subsequently voted to suspend relegation, saving Maradona’s charges from the drop.

Writing by Andrew Downie, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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