According to El Mundo, Diego Simeone is currently on his way to Madrid. The Spanish paper claims the Argentine coach will be presented as new Atlético manager on Friday or Monday. Simeone will bring former Atleti goalkeeper ‘Mono’ Burgos with him, who will reportedly be appointed as his assistant.
Former Atlético midfielder Diego Simeone has reportedly quit his job as manager of Argentine Primera División outfit Racing Club, leading to rampant speculation he is on the verge of replacing Gregorio Manzano at Atleti. According to Argentine sports paper Olé, it was el ‘Cholo’s sister – who oversees his contracts – that broke the news
With only a match left to play after 13 rounds of La Liga, Atlético find themselves in the no-man’s land they’ve become accustomed to dwelling in the past couple of seasons. In 2010/11 Atleti finished in seventh, a slight improvement on their ninth place finish from the year before. Our current campaign is a week-to-week
Atlético sporting director José Luis Caminero spoke to the club’s official site about Atleti’s latest debacle, a 3-2 loss against 10-man Getafe on Sunday. The overwhelming majority of fans are now clamouring for Manzano to be sacked, but Caminero’s statements suggested the front office will continue to back the 55-year-old journeyman.
While Atlético’s capacity to defy logic should never be underestimated, the events that took place at the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum late Sunday evening were simply mind-blowing. Atleti inexplicably blew a 1-0 lead and the advantage of having one more man than opponents Getafe for most of the encounter. The team lacked cohesion, intensity and guts.
Atlético coach Gregorio Manzano surprised reporters on Friday by giving a press conference about the current state of affairs at the club following Thursday’s loss to Athletic Bilbao. Rojiblanco fans and the media alike have speculated that the manager’s days at the Vicente Calderón, after a month-long slump and seven-game winless streak, could be numbered. “Fear? I don’t fear anything,” Manzano said.
On the 45th anniversary of the Vicente Calderón’s inauguration, Atlético were unable to get one past Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas. The match ended in an exasperating 0-0 draw, thwarting all plans of a celebration.
As the Europa League group stage match against Rennes approaches, Atlético fans are slowly poking their heads back out of their shells after the nightmare in Barcelona. A victory in France can go a long way towards building momentum for Sunday, when we host direct rivals Sevilla in Liga action.
It has been over 10 weeks since Atlético first began working under the command of Gregorio Manzano, and on Thursday night against Celtic, we may have finally seen a true glimpse of our team for this season. Most will agree that we are better equipped than last year, but as we know only too well, nothing can be taken for granted with this club.
Gregorio Manzano has agreed to a one-year deal to coach Atlético. He and his agent Manuel García Quilón were seen entering a meeting this morning with our directors Caminero and Clemente Villaverde. The 55-year old coach signs on for his second stint at the club, after managing the 2003/04 squad.