Major overhaul of Atlético staff?

Amorrortu to leave position as director of the youth academy

José María Amorrortu (

José María Amorrortu (

AS reports José María Amorrortu will leave his position as head of the youth department at Atlético.

The Basque coach has been in charge of our cantera for five years and has one year remaining in his contract, but the club has asked him to continue as part of the external relations department.

The idea is for Amorrortu to set up and manage relationships with Atleti’s partner clubs spread throughout the world.

He will apparently be replaced by two individuals, most likely to be Carlos Aguilera and Julián Muñoz. The latter already held the position before Amorrortu’s arrival, while Aguilera is a former first team player and product of the Atlético cantera.

Aguilera has also been linked to the Sporting Director job, currently occupied by Jesús García Pítarch. But Suso is expected to leave at the end of the season and we reported earlier that Toni Muñoz is his most likely replacement.

Toni, who would be returning for a second stint as Atleti’s Sporting Director after fulfilling the role from 2003 until 2007, is said to have chosen Joaquín Caparrós as Quique Sanchez Flores’ replacement as head coach for next season.

Our B-team might also have a new coach next season, because Antonio Rivas’ results this season have been considered largely disappointing. Despite his performances with the Juvenil in the past and with our reserves last year, he could be shown the door. Miliko Pantic is said to be the prime candidate to replace him.

Atleti are also said to be interested in bringing legendary striker Kiko back to the club to perform a role similar to Zinedine Zidane’s with Real Madrid, as sort of an Atleti ambassador, Mundo Deportivo reports.

It’s evident that Rojiblanco officials want to usher in personnel that can identify with the club, a move that will certainly be a hit with the fans.