Ardiles: Maradona would struggle in England and Harry couldn't manage Argentina

14 January 2011

Former Tottenham Hotspur player and manager Ossie Ardiles believes that fellow Argentina legend Diego Maradona would find it difficult to manage an English club due to all the negative press he’d be subjected to.

Maradona, whose infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup, has been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Blackburn Rovers as well as the Aston Villa hot seat currently occupied by embattled Frenchman Gerard Houllier.

Speaking exclusively to in the Tottenham dressing room for the launch of the Sportingbet Spurs Zone, Ardiles also dismissed any notion that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp could manage Argentina.

Asked if Maradona could manage in England, Ardiles said: “I’m not so sure. He is incredibly volatile and anything can happen with him so it is very difficult to see.

“To come here he would have to adjust very quickly and he would have a lot of negative comments because of 1986 when England played Argentina [and he did] the famous ‘Hand of God’, et cetera.

“So it would be a very difficult time for him. Having said that, who knows?”

Responding to’s cheeky question of whether he thought Redknapp would be able to manage Argentina, Ardiles said: “First, I don’t think Harry would like to go to Argentina.

“I don’t particularly like to answer hypothetical questions. However, no, Argentina always look for Argentinean managers. You always have to know the players, you have to be living there and so on.

“You can’t just go there and say, ‘Hello, I’m going to be your manager now.’”

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Ossie Ardiles returned to White Hart Lane for the launch of the Sportingbet Spurs Zone, a new club website giving fans exclusive access that will place them at the heart of all the action at Spurs. Visit to choose how you want to get closer to the club you love.