Diego Maradona has left his position as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima, bringing a premature end to yet another coaching job.
“This decision hurt me with all my soul,” Maradona said in a message posted on Instagram.
Maradona, who took over at the club in September, had said he would only continue if club president Gabriel Pellegrino stayed in his role following club elections.
Pellegrino, who announced Maradona’s departure on local radio station La Redon Tuesday, withdrew from the race when an electoral pact fell apart.
Maradona took over the club from La Plata, just outside Buenos Aires, charged with helping them avoid relegation.
He lost his first three games in charge and although he has won three of five since then, the team are still third-bottom of the league and in danger of going down.
“I felt that everyone together… were finding the way for Gimnasia to stay in the first division. This was the moment to keep going with the project and look for the necessary reinforcements,” Maradona said.
“I hope that whoever comes in to manage the club can continue with the work we started and keep Gimnasia where it belongs. I wish you all the best, with all my heart.”
Maradona’s departure repeats a well-worn theme in his coaching career. Of the six club sides he has managed, only one job lasted more than a year.
The only team he managed for longer was Al Wasl of the United Arab Emirates, where he remained for 14 months between 2011 and 2012.
His previous club job before returning to Argentina was at Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa, where he left in June after nine months in charge.