Sceptical Pele wishes Maradona well

Pele has wished Diego Maradona well in his new role at the Argentina helm, but the Brazilian legend warned that great players rarely become great coaches.

"I hope that everything goes well for him, that he'll be able to overcome what's happened in the past and know how to manage the Argentinian players well," said the three-time FIFA World CupTM winner.

According to Pele, if the Napoli great is to succeed he must listen to his director of football, Carlos Bilardo, who led a Maradona-inspired Argentina to Mexico 1986 glory.

"He has at his side an experienced coach who knows football really well. If Maradona listens to Bilardo, he can go far. He can learn a lot if he wants to.

"But often a great player does not become a great coach. And sometimes players who weren't very good footballers, like (Vanderlei) Luxemburgo, become good coaches."

Maradona, who turned 48 today, will be officially named as successor to Alfio Basile on Tuesday.