Spanish paper MARCA reports that Atlético manager Quique Sánchez Flores has informed club officials he will not continue with Atleti after this season. He reportedly did so in a meeting with sporting director Jesús García Pítarch a couple of weeks ago.
It is expected that if el míster goes, his assistants, Fran Escribá, Jordi García (physio) and Emilio Álvarez (goalkeeping coach), will leave with him.
Quique’s contract runs out this summer and it seems both parties, coach and club, are willing to part company. According to MARCA, Colchonero directing duo Enrique Cerezo and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín had already decided to go their seperate ways with the coach “a while back.”
Sánchez Flores was appointed in October 2009 after the firing of Abel Resino, and quickly led Atlético to glory by winning the Europa League and Super Cup titles in 2010. Expectations were sky high for los Rojiblancos ahead of the current campaign, but the team has failed to progress in la Liga, falling well-short of the Champions League goal, and was knocked out early in this season’s cup competitions.
A long list of coaches have already been linked with a move to the Vicente Calderón, but our directors insist they have not approached any candidates yet despite reports that Joaquín Caparrós had been tapped for the job two weeks ago.