The German coach could be asked to lead a major revolution at Atleti next season…
Atletico Madrid are expected to make wholesale changes for next season following a disappointing campaign this term. And one man who could be tasked to lead the new project is former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster.
The future of the current Los Colchoneros trainer, Abel Resino, remains in a cloud of uncertainty. But after last weekend’s shock 4-2 defeat at home to Osasuna, many believe that club president Enrique Cerezo will wield the axe, even though the side are still very much in the hunt for Champions League qualification.
According to Sport, Cerezo is well aware that another era at the club has come to an end and it is time for a drastic makeover. Sporting director Garcia Pitarch has reportedly already started looking for new coaches after being secretly informed that Resino will not continue beyond this season.
One name that has been mentioned is former Atleti hardman Diego Simeone, who is highly admired for his character, but the club are not entirely convinced with his credentials due to his nonexistent coaching experience in Spain and Europe.
Juande Ramos and Ernesto Valverde had also been in the running but now it seems Schuster is favourite to take over. Sport also believes that Cerezo will demand a dressing room clear-out so that the team can start afresh, and that includes putting Sergio Aguero on the transfer market.
The highly sought-after Argentine is reportedly unhappy staying at an underachieving team and with numerous influential figures (Diego Maradona, Fernando Torres) egging him to move on, Atleti might just decide to cash in on him and possibly nine other first team players, including captain Maxi Rodriguez, and use the money to rebuild the squad.
Atletico’s main target now is to at least qualify for Europe next season to ensure that they have decent income from the continental competition. They are sixth in the Primera Division table at present but level on 43 points with Malaga in seventh and Deportivo La Coruna in eighth, both of whom also lost at the weekend.