Hours before Saturday’s match against Málaga kicked off, Spanish radio station COPE reported that Joaquín Caparrós will take over as Atlético head coach for next season.
The station also claimed that Caparrós was chosen by former Atleti left back Toni Muñoz, purportedly set to be named Jesús García Pitarch’s successor as the club’s sporting director.
COPE reporter Antonio Ruíz broke the news, claiming that current manager Quique Sanchez Flores butted heads with Atleti directors back in December over the signing of Elias; Quique apparently wanted Pablo Aimar instead.
Ruiz later said, “According to sources close to Caparrós, he would be very excited to become a part of Atlético’s project.”
Atlético had reportedly already approached the Athletic Bilbao boss back in March.