MARADONA IN TITLE PACT
Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has revealed new manager Diego Maradona will leave the club once Sporting win the Liga Zon Sagres title.
In a move labelled as “a step down” by some, the Argentine, who is on a six months contract, is on a mission to return Sporting to former glories.
Having won the Portuguese League Cup last season, Bruno de Carvalho is now eyeing up the league title, and feels that Maradona is the man to leave Sporting in its perfect state.
”We at Sporting acknowledge just how much of an icon Maradona is to world football, not just as a player, but as a manager now too.
“Maradona accepted the challenge to get Sporting back on track and we have agreed that as soon as his objectives are achieved, he will be free to go.
“At this moment in time, we have nothing but gratitude for Maradona as we recognise that he is a great manager and could be managing in a top league.
“However, he is here with us now, we have the minimum requirement of European qualification set out as usual, but we ultimately aim to win the league within the next couple of seasons.
“We have full confidence in Maradona and believe he can finish the project Leonardo Jardim started almost two seasons ago.”
The Sporting fans and board were hoping the club could finally return to the table’s pedestal this season but failed to do so under Leonardo Jardim, with ‘Sportinguistas’ still awaiting their first league title since 2002.