Maradona talks of quitting

BUENOSAIRES: Under-pressure Argentina coach Diego Maradona

has announced he might

quit after must-win World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay.

“After the qualifiers, I will talk to (Argentine football federation chariman) Julio (Grondona),” Maradona told reporters on Tuesday. “I’ll see if I carry on, and it will be on my conditions,” he said. “When Julio offered me this job, I was the happiest man in the world, but since there have been things that I have not liked,” Maradona said, without further explanation.

He was appointed in November last year but recent poor form, including back-to-back losses at home to Brazil and in Paraguay, has left Argentina fifth in the standings — and there are only four automatic slots for the finals in South Africa. Argentina, World Cup champions in 1978 and 1986, last failed to make the finals in 1970.