Atletico Madrid have announced former Sevilla boss Gregorio Manzano will lead the club for their 2011-12 La Liga campaign.The 55-year-old Spaniard has agreed a one-year deal to take charge of the first team at Estadio Vicente Calderon, after previously coaching the club in the 2003-04 Spanish top flight, leading Atletico to a seventh-place finish on that occasion.
Manzano has since managed at La Liga outfits Malaga and Mallorca, before helping Sevilla to fifth place domestically last season – four points shy of a Champions League place, but safe in the consolation of a Europa League spot.
Despite guiding them to a European place for next term, Manzano was not offered a new contract at Sevilla, spending less than a season in the job after being appointed in September to replace the sacked Antonio Alvarez.
The new Atletico boss replaces Quique Sanchez Flores at the nine–time Spanish champions, after Flores stood down from the position at the end of last season.
A statement on Atletico’s official website confirmed the acquisition of Manzano for next season.
”Club Atletico de Madrid have reached an agreement with Gregorio Manzano to become the new coach of Atletico for the 2011/12 season. He will be formally presented in the coming days,” the statement read.