It might seem insane, the idea that anyone other than Diego Simeone would manage Atletico Madrid any time soon.
And if the 49-year-old Argentine manager comes available, the market for his services is going to be active.
Simeone was answering questions about his future following Atleti’s stunning 2-1 loss to third-tier Cultural Leonessa in the Copa del Rey’s Round of 32 on Thursday.
“I have the desire to work like every day since I arrived,” Simeone said, via Marca. “The penalties or the extra time in the Champions League didn’t change me, nor will going out in this round. I have an important squad and results will come soon.”
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Simeone has led Atleti to a La Liga crown, two Europa League titles, and a pair of Champions League finals.
He’s a three-time La Liga coach of the year, and Atleti has finished Top Three in all of his seasons at the club except 2011/12. He was hired in December of that year and won Europa.
The third-place run is at risk this season, and not because Simeone hasn’t been able to marshal his back line (Come on, obviously). The club has struggled to find goals without Antoine Griezmann, though massive signing Joao Felix has shown signs. After Alvaro Morata’s 10 goals, only Angel Correa (5) and Felix (4) have more than two.
If Simeone were to be looking for a job, it would be interesting to see how many jobs would almost instantly become available.