Atlético approach Joaquín Caparrós

Rojiblanco directors have their sights set on the Athletic Bilbao coach for next year

atletico madrid manager quique sanches flores on left and athletic bilbao manager joaquin caparros on right

Quique Sánchez Flores & Joaquín Caparrós (AP)

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).

Do you feel that Caparrós would be a good fit at Atleti?

  • Andres

    I’d rather see Antic at Atleti, but Caparrós could be a good choice as well…

  • Yes, I agree, Antić would be the best!

  • SpeGo

    Caparros is great coach and Emery is too, Simeone sounds good but absolute NO to Schuster! I still thin Quique is a good manager but like we all know Atletico is probably the most difficult place to coach. If Quique is to leave then lets have Caparros or Emery. Marca said that we are interested in Arda Turan and Eden Hazard. Thats fantastic news! They are both quality players and this team really needs creative players with proven quality.

  • Javi

    I would like to see Luis Aragones back with us again

  • Sergio Lopez

    Luis Aragones would be the best variant, but I doubt he would ever train anyone, while Joaquín Caparrós is a good specialist, who knows how to work with the youngsters, helping to show potential to Reyes, Llorente, San Jose, Miniain… It would be interesting to see him at Vicente Calderon – even if he keeps Raul Garcia…

  • Mert

    anyone but Bernd Schuster and Sven Goren Erikson

  • Robel

    I think Caparros would be fantastic. He’s done great work at all his clubs and someone like him could really get the best out of our players. I’d much rather have him than Benitez, Schuster or Erikson.

  • palc

    Yeah QSF has to go.. House MD is renewed for a new season