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Maradona plays down quit threat

International challenge match: Scotland v Argentina
Venue: Hampden Park Date: Wednesday, 19 November Kick-off: 2000GMT Coverage: BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Sport website. Highlights on Sportscene, BBC One Scotland 2255GMT

Diego Maradona
Maradona is due to take charge of Argentina against Scotland

Argentina head coach Diego Maradona has dismissed suggestions he will resign if he is refused permission to appoint Oscar Ruggeri as his assistant.

Since being appointed on 4 November, the 48-year-old has reportedly been in dispute with the Argentina Football Association over his choice of staff.

But Maradona said: "I'm still the coach. There's been no changes, no resignations, nothing."

Maradona's first match is scheduled to be away to Scotland on Wednesday.

He hoped to have Ruggeri, his team-mate in Argentina's 1986 World Cup winning side, installed before the game at Hampden Park.

Maradona had been quoted as saying: "I will be the trainer with my technical staff I want, otherwise I will not come to Glasgow."

But Carlos Bilardo, the Argentina FA's technical secretary, insisted Maradona will not carry out his threat.

"He won't resign. I have spoken to Diego and told him he has to go slowly. There are 500 people he can choose to assist him," said Bilardo.

606: DEBATE

"When I coached the national team (between 1983 and 1990) I had to change my whole staff after four or five months of work.

"But Diego wants them all at once."

Argentina FA boss Julio Grondon, who Maradona is reported to be in dispute with, would not reveal the reasons for his dislike of former Argentina defender Ruggeri.

"It's my problem," he said. "I don't want to talk about this."

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