Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has responded to criticism of manager Diego Simeone at the same time as there is reported interest in his services from Everton.
Amid constant peculation over who will be appointed the next Blues manager following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, Simeone is said to be at the top of Farhad Moshiri's shortlist of candidates.
Champions League finalists in recent years and now perennial title contenders under the Argentine, Atletico are 4th in La Liga and have been disappointing in European competition but Cerezo won't countenance people talking ill of his manager.
In what is being taken by the British media as a "hands-off" warning to Everton, Cezero said:
“I want to say this in a loud voice: Simeone is untouchable at Atletico Madrid, for the players, for the directors and for the supporters. Having doubts about Cholo Simeone is not allowed here.
“No club in the world has had 115 years of continuous and wonderful sporting success. We have had good, bad and average seasons and right now we're in a good one. It only just started and we're not even a third of the way through La Liga and we're fighting for everything.”
Simeone put pen to paper on an improved contract with Atletico and has shown no willingness to leave the Spanish club, even when linked with plumb Premier League jobs like the one at Chelsea.
Original Source: SportsLens
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1 Posted 12/11/2017 at 17:03:56
2 Posted 12/11/2017 at 17:15:29
3 Posted 12/11/2017 at 17:17:38
If the betting odds on Silva are listed as 1/1, doesn't that translate to a 50% certainty? Unsworth at 6/4... is that 40%? I guess this is why I don't gamble!
Come on, Unsy! I want our own Big Guy to win!
4 Posted 12/11/2017 at 17:18:35
5 Posted 12/11/2017 at 17:19:51
That's what desperation does to you.
6 Posted 12/11/2017 at 18:52:42
Leicester and West Ham both had a new manager within a week of getting rid of their old managers. There has been plenty of time to check over possible candidates and find out who actually is interested. Then all they need to do is select a couple to interview and then pick the best one.
To me, all this time is basically leading to a big big letdown.
7 Posted 12/11/2017 at 18:56:15
8 Posted 12/11/2017 at 19:04:12
He is on £5.1 million per year. He won't be tempted by money.
9 Posted 12/11/2017 at 19:13:41
10 Posted 12/11/2017 at 19:54:47
11 Posted 12/11/2017 at 20:40:27
Silva is even-money to be next with his head on the block.
12 Posted 12/11/2017 at 21:29:19
Why has time ticked away? My guess is that the board do want Unsworth to remain in charge, and are waiting for palace. If he wins then they'll use the high to announce he's in place until the end of the season.
It makes the most sense financially. Unsworth will have a limited say on transfers and walsh will sign a striker he wants and we will keep the squad we expansively assembled.
Then if we recovered to 7th Unsworth may get it full time. Or we could try for the marque name we want. Once Bayern appoint Nagelsmann, then Tuchel will Come to us. Or maybe Silva will be ready to jump ship. Or maybe Dyche will have impressed enough to warrant the job.
Who knows. It's cheaper to keep Unsworth in place. We will just sign a striker and the rest of the squad will have until the summer to earn their place in the next revolution.
13 Posted 12/11/2017 at 23:07:05
Eddie Jones, Warren Gatland and Gregor Townsend appeared to agree that, whilst players can work on little improvements, it is counter-productive to try and change too much. It brought to mind our previous two managers attempting to impose a philosophy on the team.
Mitchell Johnson was also interviewed and discussed the dangers of over-thinking when you are sportsman. I don't want a manager with a 'philosophy'. I don't care who it is as long as they can motivate the players.
We have a good squad minus the obvious gaps and they just need to be filled with confidence. All these players don't turn to crap overnight but their belief in themselves can be ruined by being asked to do things that aren't natural to them.
Football is not a difficult game. Motivate players, make sure they know what their role is (one that is natural to them) and ensure they can trust in their fellow team members. Unsy can do that.
14 Posted 13/11/2017 at 02:52:45
Oh - agree with what you said as well.
15 Posted 13/11/2017 at 06:11:35
Unsworth will do a good job given time if not big Sam can get us out of the shit caused by the board
It's still all very amateurish meanwhile players are getting well over paid and not being professional..
Every game is so important now.. hope things turn around soon...
16 Posted 13/11/2017 at 08:34:14
17 Posted 13/11/2017 at 09:21:24
... choosing to take our time so as to hopefully get it right or at least take us many steps in the right direction.
18 Posted 13/11/2017 at 09:38:17
19 Posted 13/11/2017 at 10:36:27
20 Posted 13/11/2017 at 10:42:26
If they've said No, we may never hear about it. Unsworth may be given another game or two...
If yes, we may find out tomorrow if we agree to the guarantees they would want.
21 Posted 13/11/2017 at 11:21:08
I don't know why so many top coaches go to Chelsea with the inevitable interfering by Abramovich and backstabbing that goes on and seems to happen every second season. I know they have money and regular Champions League football and that their in London but the coach never has control of the team and transfers.
Something that pisses me off though is why so many on here say that nobody outside the Premier League, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have heard of us. We are not some tin pot club who plays in League 2 or below.
We have been an ever present in the top flight since 1954 and every season of the Premier League. It's the most watched league in the world and there are more teams than just the Sky Six.
I think Simeone or someone of that ilk would jump at the chance to manage us. Koeman and Moyes were two of the highest paid managers around during their tenures. Yes, I agree that we are a total shambles now but if Unsworth can settle the ship and help us finish mid table or even top seven, then why not go for Simeone.
Unsworth could then go back to continuing his excellent work with the Under-23s or try out in the lower leagues or Scotland.
Liverpool sacked Rodgers when they were in the bottom half, out of Europe and hired Klopp.
22 Posted 13/11/2017 at 11:53:02
Let's take our time and appoint the best possible manager that we can. And Unsworth will do for me for now.
But at the end of all this. I just hope that we don't end up with Sam Allardyce. Some ambition that will show. A few wins in the coming weeks and a relegation battle will be off the agenda. So no need for Big Sam. And if we want an F.A. cup run, then we most definitely do not need Allardyce.
Anyhow .its Unsworth for me. Let's see what this guy can do. Barring Unsworth I'd go for Brendan Rodgers. If he would come. Let's not be snobbish or even clannish about this . Rodgers can manage. And he could bring his young left back Tierney with him.
Simeone won't be joining Everton. At least not until we really do start threatening the top four . And if Unsworth can somehow get us there. Then Simeone and every other manager can whistle Dixie. I have faith in Unsworth . I really do.Foreign managers needing money are all just one big gamble anyway. IUIT...
23 Posted 13/11/2017 at 13:00:29
24 Posted 13/11/2017 at 15:08:51
I have been worried for a long time about this ridiculous 49.9% ownership thing. Who is actually in charge of the club? It's affecting the decision-making process.
25 Posted 13/11/2017 at 16:15:57
Strategies and decision-making have been very disjointed.
26 Posted 13/11/2017 at 16:18:28
According to Unsworth, he speaks to Kenwright three times a day, and if I'm honest, I'm unclear if Moshiri, Kenwright, Elstone or Walsh are responsible for day-to-day operational management of the club.
27 Posted 13/11/2017 at 16:48:00
Yes, I know there's stories in the media, but they are so diverse, only a very small number of them could actually be right. I mean, we had our own ITK guru on here telling us Unsworth would be announced on Saturday...
This old point about Moshiri's 49.9% stake being a cause of the befuddlement has come up again, but it seems to be a red herring because, in practical terms, Moshiri has a majority of voteable shares, if needed. This is because the shares held outside of the Board of Directors (by the 'small' shareholders) number 29% and are effectively frozen out of the day-to-day decision-making process. So Moshiri's stake is controlling.
However, I think it's irrelevant because I suspect Moshiri and Kenwright have established a fairly tight understanding about how the club is run, with the current era of transition since February 2016 being the time required for Moshiri to take advantage of whatever it is that Bill brings to the table. The idea that the details of the day-to-day running of the club must be divulged to the fans is simply ridiculous.
Kenwright may yet be around a lot longer as he seems to have gotten over his illness, and is likely to be kept around – just like Sir Phillip Carter was well into his dotage. Unless something significant changes... like Usmanov coming in. But there seems to be no real sign of that happening at this point, wishful thinking aside.
28 Posted 13/11/2017 at 17:09:38
I think the reason some are saying the decision making is muddled is because no decision as yet leads many to think that. Now maybe as you rightly say they have made approaches and those people are thinking it over. And I agree no club in this position will conduct their business in public and nor should they.
I do feel a little sympathy with Unsworth as we have already seen what can happen with indecision, we have both Mirallas and Schneiderlin sent home from Finch Farm. Obviously these players think they can please themselves till a new man is appointed.
I also think they could give themselves a little leeway, by stating that Unsworth has got the job till Xmas. That way, they can delay making a permanent appointment and, if a change is then needed, the new man would have a transfer window to bring in his players.
29 Posted 13/11/2017 at 17:15:30
I can't believe that they haven't spoken to anyone else. Maybe they were close to bringing in Allardyce and put off by the opposition of people like myself who all sent emails to the club making our views clear. Maybe they decided to just wait and see. Who knows?
It's far from ideal, but is it better to rush into an appointment and get it wrong than wait and see if they can persuade the right man to come along. I cannot see how anyone can come in before Palace now, the players should be arriving back at Finch Farm today with the last of the internationals due back on Thursday night, and the game on Saturday.
30 Posted 13/11/2017 at 17:24:41
I get the feeling that they're trying to give Unsy a bit more time to see if he can swing it.
Personally I think it's crazy. We need a top drawer manager asap and Unsy is not the answer.
31 Posted 14/11/2017 at 06:48:51
. maybe Michael #27 first line asks a good question!
another question is," Do we want to win a game or do we want to win the war?" Cool Heads!
32 Posted 14/11/2017 at 08:08:32
33 Posted 14/11/2017 at 08:28:42
34 Posted 14/11/2017 at 09:59:51
Simeone is NOT coming to Everton. He's only going to a club in the Champions league. A fiery character that demands full on effort but I'm not sure he's suited to England and vice versa. He will upset many players not used to that style of aggressive, in your face Latino temperament.
Forget Silva he's done less than Martinez had, same for Dyche and Fat Sam can stay retired.
Roberto Mancini has the experience and is a winner. NSNO
35 Posted 14/11/2017 at 10:05:27
Silva has won 3 trophies, including the league title, to Martinez's 1. He's also finished in the top 5 in all of his full seasons at a club (twice with Estoril, 3rd with Sporting, and Champions with Olympiacos).
36 Posted 14/11/2017 at 10:22:30
37 Posted 14/11/2017 at 10:31:53
Usmanov is not going to spunk more cash away when the Death Star is all at sea and The Emperor is trying to guide us back to the dark side....
38 Posted 14/11/2017 at 10:34:54
39 Posted 14/11/2017 at 10:37:58
Hence there were no irons, however vague and tentative, in the fire... Everton that.
Add to that the rumoured 3-way / too many Chiefs / committee who can't / don't even now, know just what sort of manager we need, nevermind who it might be.
Koeman must've thought all his Christmas pressies had come early... he's out of the mad-hatters tea party with a boat load of compo and he'll most likely get the Dutch job too.
Only in L4.
40 Posted 14/11/2017 at 10:47:35
It feels to me as though we're kinda fucked no top manager wants to come to Everton because we're a shitshow of a football club on so many levels, we don't want an interim boss because of the lack of continuity, it's mid season so people like Silva at Watford are even out of reach because well, why on earth would/should Watford let him even talk to us?
We're screwed for a full time manager, and clearly our only real options are those out of work, or an interim short-termer.
I can only imagine that people like Tuchel have simply said, thanks but no thanks.
41 Posted 14/11/2017 at 10:59:19
It's all about belief in your own abilities and belief in the club you are going to join. Everyone knows we have two hopeless romantics in charge at Everton. It is always backwards steps after a little progression here.
There is no real money at the club just more smoke and mirrors. The best players shipped out on an annual basis. Even the Phantom stadium move appears to have been forgotten about..
Maybe a Sean Dyche or similar type manager is the best we can achieve here in this current fucked up state of affairs. Those who were booing Lukaku at Old Trafford, I hope you can now see what Romelu saw in the summertime. A club going nowhere.
42 Posted 14/11/2017 at 11:15:43
Mancini keeps it simple for defenders and the team, they all are responsible to help defend. But he builds teams to win the ball and attack with flair and creativity.
The type of players he brings in are team players. Some failed including our own Rodwell but he likes a solid core of strong fit players de Jong, Toure, Milner mixed with class Silva, Aguero and Balotteli. He liked Balotteli a lot, but after defending him, giving him time and chances he dropped him and then sold him because he wasn't a team player. He handled a difficult player well unlike others.
He's proven time and time again in different league's that he can turn around clubs quickly including the premier league.
10 years ago we were a very similar club to Man City. Yes money helped but we are also in a better financial position now. It was only when Mancini took over they won their first trophies. I would love some silverware and I think he's the standout candidate with a proven track record to help us win something.
I wanted him 4 years ago and maybe things weren't in place then to make it happen. We have moved on, we are improving off the pitch and with the youth teams. Mancini can help us usher in an important 5 years of growth, success and a new stadium. NSNO
43 Posted 14/11/2017 at 11:34:36
I'm wary about Silva because if we hire him, he might leave soon afterwards to Arsenal or Milan etc. He only lasts a season or so at one club and moves on. Although getting sacked at Sporting for not wearing a suit is fucking ridiculous.
I still feel Simeone is attainable and would be interested in the job but not until May, unless he got the chop at Atletico. Give Unsworth till the end of the season and sound out Simeone. He's probably sick of Barcelona and Real Madrid now and how they get all the decisions and easy Champions League groups.
We have to start being ambitious and stop believing that we are just making up the numbers with bending over to United and the other Wankers in London, Manchester and Mordor. Simeone would wind them up big time like throwing a ball onto the pitch while they counter us.
We need to get away from the likes of Allardyce and Hughes. The only coaches from these islands I'd consider are Sean Dyche and Brendan Rodgers alongside Simeone. Dyche's record against the big teams, Rodgers football and Simeones man management.
Koeman was an awful choice and was never in a million years a top manager. Shite tactics with shite football plus terrible man management.
44 Posted 15/11/2017 at 09:53:30
It is counterproductive to be advocating it at this point.
45 Posted 17/11/2017 at 18:56:51
Number one target gone then. Probably why we started going mad for Silva, who must be second choice. Simeone rules us out now and at the end of the season and reiterates his commitment to the 2 years left on his contract.
46 Posted 17/11/2017 at 19:07:13
Why did they get rid of him?
47 Posted 17/11/2017 at 19:09:58
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