On Wednesday, Atletico’s Board of Directors agreed to keep president Enrique Cerezo and general director Miguel Ángel Gil Marín in control of the club.
The day had begun with reports in Spain claiming Rojiblanco board members were set to meet at the Vicente Calderón in order to vote on whether or not to remove Cerezo or Gil Marín from their respective posts.
Atletico supporters were thrilled at the prospect of finally witnessing the end of the notorious duo’s reign at the helm of the club.
Atleti’s board, composed of Cerezo and Gil Marín and minority shareholders Fernando García Abasolo, Severiano Gil, Oscar Gil Marín, Antonio Alonso and Lázaro Albarracín, met for over two hours at the offices of the Calderón while fans and media eagerly awaited a big announcement.
In the end, disappointment ensued when reports broke revealing the controversial pair were to hold on to their jobs.
Atleti officials told EFE that Cerezo “continues to serve as president and chief representative of the club at all levels and in all institutional acts”, while Gil Marín will be solely responsible for sporting matters.
It is said that both Cerezo and Gil Marín’s interaction with the press will be limited from here on out, as the board looks to “strengthen communications within the sporting department”.
In an apparent effort to achieve this goal, the shareholders agreed to designate former MARCA director Rafael Alique as the club’s new Director of Communications, a role that Atlético legend Kiko turned down a few weeks back.
According to AS journalist Javier G. Matallanas, Cerezo delayed an official announcement by Atleti because the situation was very humiliating for him.
That’s funny. Cerezo doesn’t mind humiliating the club. The president often sounds clueless about Atleti matters when speaking to the media.