Argentina head coach Diego Maradona says he will walk out on the national team if he is unable to appoint Oscar Ruggeri as his assistant.
Since being appointed on November 4 the Argentinian legend has reportedly been in dispute with the Argentina Football Association over his choice of staff.
Maradona’s first match is away to Scotland next Wednesday.
“I will be the trainer with my technical staff I want, otherwise I will not come to Glasgow,” he said.
Carlos Bilardo, the Argentina FA’s technical secretary, is adamant that Maradona will not carry out his threat.
“He won’t resign. I have spoken to Diego and told him he has to go slowly. There are 500 people he can choose to assist him,” said Bilardo.
“When I coached the national team (between 1983 and 1990) I had to change my whole staff after four or five months of work.
“But Diego wants them all at once.”
Argentina FA boss Julio Grondon would not elaborate on his reluctance to employ former Argentina defender Ruggeri.
“It’s my problem,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about this.”