Diego Maradona hired to coach UAE club Al Wasl

By MICHAEL CASEY | May 16, 2011 | 6:44 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Diego Maradona has been hired to coach United Arab Emirates soccer club Al Wasl on a two-year contract.

Maradona, who has been out of coaching since leading Argentina to the World Cup quarterfinals last year, visited the club's training facility Saturday and had been in talks for several days.

Al Wasl officials would not disclose details of the contract announced Monday, saying only that it was for two seasons and that Maradona would be responsible for leading the club "to new heights."

Al Wasl is fourth in the domestic league and has been looking for a coach since firing Sergio Farias in March.

Al Wasl says that Maradona was on his way back to Argentina and could not be reached for comment. He is expected back next month.