Friday, 13 September 2013


Spanish Sports daily "Marca" dedicate an article today to inform readers & in particular ATLETICO DE MADRID fans that current Coach QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES will not be at the helm of the Atletico ship next season. The decision is mutual as Sanchez does not want to renew his contract which ends the 30th of June & the Club owners are not exactly encouraging Sanchez to renew. This gives weight to rumours that both parties have suffered a serious "fall out". 

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Quique Sanchez Flores/photo Pablo Garcia

I personally find this to be bad news. Atletico de Madrid is a complicated Club with perhaps the most supportive fan-base in all Spanish Football,  while run by owners who fail to follow in the same intensive manners & with interests "elsewhere". If there exists a "fall out" it is between the true fans & the Club Directives whom fail in Football Management, just look at the Clubs debt as an example.

Atletico de Madrid has a Club culture that has been its spirit for more than 100 years, & existent way before its current owners. It is not frequent or usual to come across a Coach that shares those eternal values: competition, sacrifice, teamwork, work ethic, humility, sportsmanship & honesty. What do the current owners do when they finally find a Coach who takes on the Club in crisis & in relegation danger last season & converts them into Europa League & Euro Super Cup Champions, along with finalist of the Spanish Cup? Well we know how they feel & reward all those already spoken values...

Talk is that their is a list of possible new candidates like Manzano (Sevilla FC), Caparros (At Bilbao), Unai (Valencia CF), Luis Garcia (Levante)...just to name a few. However, in the last 20 years Coaches have come & gone in record pace, many just lasting 3 months, as the Club is now famous for it "Coach churning" dangers & records. This only highlights my arguments: the problems at Atletico are not "Coach generated" its a problem in the Clubs offices.

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