AS reports that Atlético have approached Athletic Bilbao manager Joaquín Caparrós about next year’s coaching job, which will almost surely be left vacant by current Atleti manager Quique Sanchez Flores at the end of this season.
Caparrós is well-liked by club directors, and it is said that Miguel Angel Gil Marín is a big fan of the tactician’s leadership style.
According to the paper, the Andalusian told Atlético that he would be delighted to manage the squad, and that he would be greatly interested in directing a team of Atleti’s stature.
Los Colchoneros would likely face stiff competition from Caparrós’ hometown club Sevilla, where the coach spent five years from 2000-2005. While there, he led los Nervionenses back to the Spanish first division, having steered Villarreal to a Primera División return just a season before.
Another hump on the road may be Caparrós’ preference for overseeing all aspects of the squad, from player signings to what takes place on the field. It’s unclear if Atleti directors would be willing to grant the coach that amount of control over the team.
Both parties, club and manager, agree that it would be best to wait until the summer to negotiate the coach’s move to Madrid.
Other purported candidates for the job are Bernd Schuster (unemployed), Diego Simeone (Catania) and Unai Emery (Valencia).
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