ROBERTO Martinez is keeping his fingers crossed Diego Maradona joins him in the ranks of Premier League bosses.
The Argentine legend has been tipped to take over the reins at Blackburn following the surprise sacking of Sam Allardyce on Monday.
Maradona is currently out of a job after his country crashed out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage last summer, and Rovers’ new owners have apparently lined him up to bring Champions League football to Ewood.
And the Wigan manager, for one, would welcome the living legend to England with open arms.
“Diego is a great character, a fantastic football man and it would be great to see him come over to the Premier League,” Martinez told the Evening Post.
“We all know what he brought to the game as a player, and as a manager he has had his good moments too with Argentina at the World Cup.
“Names don’t come much bigger than Diego Maradona and any league would love to have him involved with it.”
Martinez revealed he was first touched by Maradona’s greatness as a young boy growing up in Spain.
“Diego was one of the best players of his time, and when you’re talking about the best players ever he always gets a mention,” Martinez added.
“What he did in World Cups got him the real respect, but I saw him play for Barcelona and Sevilla at close quarters and he was just a magician with a ball.
“His left foot was something special – he was just a genius.
“He sees football in a different manner to everyone else, and he would bring something different to what is already the best league in the world.”
Although excited about the prospect of Maradona coming to the Premier League, Martinez also found time to pass on his best wishes to Allardyce.
“It was a real surprise to everyone in world football,” Martinez recognised.
“Blackburn are in a very good position, and have had some good results at home.
“But nothing surprises me anymore in football – especially at a club with new ownership.
“Sadly, these things can happen.
“When new owners come in, there’s always a short-term plan and a long-term plan.
“It’s a vision that has to be shared by the management, and that kind of situation can sometimes bring about disagreements.”