Diego Maradona throws in the towel at Gimnasia

Diego Maradona throws in the towel at Gimnasia

After two months at the helm of Gimnasia, Diego Maradona has stepped down as the manager of the Superliga Argentina club.

Maradona had a mixed start at the club overseeing eight games in which he registered three wins and five defeats.

The Argentine legend leaves, Gimnasia in a relegation dog fight as they sit third-bottom with 10 points from 13 games.

In an interview with Radio La Red, Gimnasia president Gabriel Pellegrino confirmed that he will not run for the elections and persuaded Maradona to walk away, "Maradona stopped working today, he's no longer Gimnasia's head coach.

"Maradona worked in a collective scheme. He said he was here to add, not to rest. He'd love to continue, but he wants unity. It just didn't happen.

"Today's meeting failed. There will be elections on Saturday. [Diego] Maradona gave his will and he gave his time. He had an enormous will.

"There will be elections on Saturday and [the candidates] will look for a head coach."

Mariano Messera, the club's former midfielder, will be tasked with taking over on interim basis as Gimnasia prepares to face Arsenal de Sarandi this weekend.