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Diego Maradona steps down as Sinaloa Dorados manager in Mexico

Diego Maradona stepped down as coach of Sinaloa Dorados of Mexico's second division on Thursday due to medical reasons.

58-year-old Maradona took over in September and took the team that was near the bottom of the league to consecutive final series in the Apertura 2018 and Clausura 2019 tournaments.

Both times, the team fell to Atletico San Luis, who reached the top flight.

'Diego Maradona decided to not continue as the head coach of Dorados,' Maradona's manager, Matias Morla, said on his Twitter account.

'On medical advice he will dedicate time to his health and will have two surgeries: in the shoulder and knee. We are thankful with the Dorados family and will continue the dream together in the future.'

In January, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in Argentina suffering from stomach bleeding, just a few days before returning to Mexico for his second season with Dorados.

Maradona's orthopedic surgeon, German Ochoa, said earlier this year that the former star had no cartilage left in his knees due to severe osteoarthritis and would need prostheses.

'Together we shocked the world. We showed that soccer is all about passion and heart, you will always be a Dorado, thanks for everything Diego,' the club tweeted. 'Get well and we'll see you soon.'

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