Photo: Diego Simeone
The former Argentina captain, Diego Simeone, who came from training the Argentine Racing Club, will start coaching the Atlético de Madrid next Monday.
41-year-old Simeone takes over Atlético from Gregorio Manzano, who was officially relieved of his duties on Thursday after coaching the team for a mere 6 months.
Simeone, who played for Atlético between 1994-1997 and again between 2003-2005, has signed a contract which will keep him in charge of the “Colchoneros” until the summer of 2013.
Simeone began his coaching career in 2006, and has plied his trade with River Plate, Estudiantes and Catania among other clubs.
Simeone will be formally presented to the media at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Tuesday.
“Atletico Madrid have completed the hiring of Diego Simeone as the new coach of the Atletico first team,’’ read a statement on club’s official website.
Simeone becomes Atletico’s 11th coach in 10 years and will make his Atlético debut on January 7 against Malaga.