Maradona listed among favourites to replace Mourinho in bookies’ blunder

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Diego Maradona was mistakenly listed as one of the candidates to replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham – despite the fact the Argentina legend died last year.

Mourinho is under increasing pressure after his Spurs flops crashed out of the Europa League with a humbling defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.

His side took a 2-0 lead to Croatia, but ended up tumbling out of Europe's second-tier competition as Mislav Orsic's hat-trick earned Dinamo a quarter-final place.

Defeat meant Tottenham have squandered the chance of a trophy – as well as an opportunity to qualify for next season's Champions League.

And Mourinho's men face a struggle to finish in the top four Premier League places after Sunday's defeat to Arsenal left them six points behind Chelsea.

Eddie Howe, Julian Nagelsmann, Rafa Benitez, Brendan Rodgers and Max Allegri are among those who have been tipped as potential replacements for Mourinho if he gets the sack as Spurs boss.

But one betting site appeared to have 1986 World Cup legend Maradona as a 100-1 long shot to replace the former Chelsea, Man Utd and Real Madrid boss.

The gaffe was tweeted by a keen-eyed punter, who tweeted a screenshot of Maradona's name among the outsiders for the job.

The former Barcelona and Napoli star was manager of Gimnasia de la Plata in his homeland when he died aged 60 in November last year.

Maradona scored two of the most famous goals in football history in one game – Argentina's 2-1 win over England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.

He achieved notoriety for the 'Hand of God' goal which gave Argentina the lead, as he punched the ball beyond goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

But his second strike in that game has gone down as one of the greatest in history, after he spun on the ball and dribbled half the length of the field past five England players before firing past Shilton.

Argentina went on to win the tournament, with Maradona winning the Golden Ball award for the best player of the tournament.

Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Maradona scored 186 goals during his 421-game career.

  • Champions League
  • Premier League
  • World Cup
  • Europa League
  • Jose Mourinho
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Diego Maradona

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