Today is the day when Argentina mourns the death of their biggest idol, Diego Maradona, and now there’s been further bad news.
TyC Sports now reports that Alejandro Sabella was hospitalised ‘urgently’ on Wednesday night. The 66-year-old was taken from La Plata to a facility in Buenos Aires.
The outlet doesn’t have any updates on his health condition, and has just been posting messages sending him strength.
Sabella’s work as a manager of Estudiantes and the Argentina national team is what makes him a public figure in his country these days, but he’s remembered in England for playing for Sheffield United and Leeds United.
Sabella left River Plate to sign for the Blades back in 1978, and the story says he was their second option, as the club considered the Argentinos Juniors wonderkid Diego Maradona to be too expensive.
After two seasons at Sheffield United, Sabella was sold to Leeds United in a £1m deal. His time at Elland Road didn’t last long, as at the end of 1981, he was looking to return to Argentina, and moved to Estudiantes de La Plata, for whom he became a legend as a player and manager.