‘The one who does not jump is an Englishman’: Tearful Diego Maradona leads raucous crowd in anti-English chants as new boss arrives for first training session at Gimnasia’s stadium
- Diego Maradona introduced as the new head coach of Argentine side Gimnasia
- Maradona entered pitch through wolf’s head and then went on a golf buggy
- The Argentina legend led the Gimnasia supporters in anti-English chants
- Gimnasia have taken just one point from five matches so far this season
Diego Maradona received an excellent reception upon his unveiling as manager of Gimnasia and led the crowd in anti-English chants.
Argentina legend Maradona has taken charge of Gimnasia, who are bottom of the Primera Division, until the end of the season, and arrived for his first training session at the club.
Gimnasia are nicknamed El Lobo, meaning ‘The Wolf’, and Maradona entered the pitch at the Estadio Juan Carmelo Zerillo through an inflatable wolf’s head.
Diego Maradona was tearful as he was unveiled as the new head coach of Gimnasia
The Argentina legend was taken to the centre circle at Gimnasia’s stadium via a golf buggy
While the fans cheered, Maradona was then ushered into a golf buggy to take him to the centre circle.
Once he arrived in the middle of the pitch, Maradona, holding a football, was overcome with emotion.
Gimnasia’s nickname translates as ‘The Wolf’ and Maradona entered the pitch via wolf’s head
the Estadio Juan Carmelo Zerillo was packed as Maradona was introduced to the crowd
The supporters gathered in the stadium were eager to show their admiration for Maradona
Maradona was emotional as he received an excellent reception from the Gimnasia fans
The 58-year-old led chants including ‘The one who does not jump is an Englishman’ as he further endeared himself to the Gimnasia supporters.
Gimnasia have taken just one point from five matches so far this season, with Maradona’s first game in charge set to come against Racing Club, who he managed in 1995.
Maradona’s most notable spell as a manager was in charge of the Argentina national team between 2008 and 2010, while he was most recently manager of Mexican side Dorados.