Here is what prompted the speculation of Jesus as Maradona's replacement:
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Diego Maradona's faltering reign as Argentina coach would only be ended by the arrival of either Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary, team manager Carlos Bilardo said in a bizarre exchange with reporters.
"If Jesus Christ returned or the Virgin Mary, then I'd accept it. Otherwise, no,'' said Bilardo.
Maradona skippered Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title when Bilardo was coach. But the 48-year-old has come under intense pressure with the team's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign threatening to fall apart.
Since he took over, Maradona has overseen four defeats in six qualifiers, two of which came in the last week against Brazil and Paraguay.