Maradona was unveiled on Monday as the new coach of Mexican second division outfit Dorados de Sinaloa.
His new club is located in a city considered the heart of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful drug smuggling gangs.
But upon his first meeting with the media, the 57-year-old insisted his latest move is by no means a publicity stunt, or a 'holiday'.
"I came here to work, and I came to give my heart," he told Associated Press.
Maradona has publicly struggled in the past with alcohol and drug addiction and come under the spotlight during the 2018 FIFA World Cup for his eccentric behaviour during his Argentina fixtures.
Maradona said 'we are all judged' and further exclaimed; 'How many people are there here who do worse things than us and don't end up in any newspaper?'
The former Barcelona forward previously managed Arabic sides Al-Fujairah and Al-Wasl, along with the Argentina national team from 2008 to 2010.
VIDEO: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona takes his first training session with the Mexican second division team Dorados of Sinaloa, after he officially became the team's new manager pic.twitter.com/ahCF99JBrL— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 11, 2018