Gibson: “I would be surprised if Simeone left”

Gibson: “I would be surprised if Simeone left”

by -
Diego Pablo Simeone

Pundit Terry Gibson has said that Diego Simeone would be better off staying at Atletico Madrid instead of moving to Chelsea. 

Simeone has been heavily linked with the position at Stamford Bridge, despite Guus Hiddink taking charge on a short-term basis until the end of the season.

The Dutchman replaced Jose Mourinho, who was sacked last Thursday.

45-year old Simeone has been at the Madrid helm since 2011 and Gibson, who played for Tottenham and Manchester United amongst others, has said that the Argentine would sacrifice power if he moved to London:

He is slightly old fashioned in the sense he’s in power, he is Atletico Madrid,” Gibson said to Sky Sports.

“When you look at it in terms of buying and selling players, they have so much faith in him. It would be hard for him to replicate that in any other job that he goes to. So I think that’s the big dilemma.

“If I was Chelsea, yes, he would be No 1 on my list, but if I was Simeone I would take a good, long look at it. We know his affiliations to the club, during a successful period too, and I would be surprised if he left.”

Simeone has control over transfers at Madrid, with whom he won La Liga in the 2013/14 season. As well as transfers, Simeone has control over several other aspects of the club – something Gibson believes wouldn’t be the case at Chelsea:

“He has nothing to complain about at Atletico Madrid, the environment he works in is perfect for him. He has no complaints in terms of investing money in new signings, they’ve not let him down there and I believe that will continue.

“We made the points about players that he bought that he didn’t like and then moved out on loan quickly. There’s been players he has bought and sold for a profit as well… it’s swings and roundabouts. He won’t have that power at Chelsea.

“Look at all Mourinho has done at Chelsea, and he never had that power second time around. He clearly wanted players in the summer, and didn’t get the players he wanted.

“For Simeone, I wouldn’t go as far as to say it would be a mistake to leave Atletico for Chelsea, my personal opinion is he’s better served where he knows where the land lies, where he’s in charge, and he’s got that power.

“Atletico is his seventh job, he was a much-travelled manager until he found the perfect fit. It’s worked out well for him, and I don’t see too many reasons why he’d leave.”