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Maradona ‘a main contender to replace Villas-Boas at Tottenham’

An Argentine tabloid newspaper has made the astonishing claim that Diego Maradona is a contender to be the next manager of Tottenham.

The Clarin newspaper, cites "reports in England" that Maradona is a "candidate" to replace Andres Villas-Boas who they say is under pressure due to "irregular" form.

They also say that Maradona has good memories of Tottenham, having played for them in the Ossie Ardiles testimonial back in 1986.

The story sounds fanciful to say the least, not least because Maradona's managerial record is questionable at best.

His highest profile job was as Argentine boss between 2008-10 but that ended unceremoniously when his side were crushed 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa.

In May 2011 he became manager of Dubai club Al Wasl FC in the United Arab Emirates but was sacked just 13 months later after failing to make an impact.

Clarin also says that Maradona is set to pocked $100,000 (£61,000) for helping to launch Iran's World Cup jersey but will only get the cash if he then wears the shirt when the Iranians take on Argentina on June 21 in Belo Horizonte.

While most World Cup kits are being designed by Nike, Adidas or Puma, Iran's shirts, to be launched next month, are being made by German company UHLSport.