Atlético Madrid have announced that José Luis Caminero will replace Jesús García Pítarch as Atlético’s Sporting Director.
Caminero will be presented next Monday, alongside Carlos Aguilera who takes up the position of José Mario Amorrortu as Director of the Youth System. Unlike Caminero, Aguilera has already started his activities.
Atlético acted fast after Toni Muñoz rejected a job offer earlier this week.
Caminero played for Atlético from 1993 to 1998 and was an important part of the team that won the famous Doblete. The winger also was one of Spain’s stars at the 1994 World Cup in America. He obtained instant cult status among Atleti fans after his incredible assist against Barcelona.
Following his retirement, Caminero worked as Sporting Director for Real Valladolid, the club where he had played for 10 seasons during his active career. In 2008 he stepped down from his position, stating that the role had exhausted him. At AtléticoFans we’re worried the man has no idea what he’s getting into at the Vicente Calderón!
The last time the Madrilenian was in the news makes us believe that he’ll fit in just fine with the rest of our directors. In June 2009 he was implicated as a member of a drug trafficking and money laundering ring. He was arrested after police had found 570 kilograms of coke and €2m in laundered money during raids in Seville, Barcelona and Madrid. Caminero, whose name kind of sort of translates to “the one who walks,” did just that as he was soon released.
Now that a Sporting Director has been appointed we hope the club soon announces the new first team coach.