Diego Simeone is awarded best manager of 2015-16 season
Simeone has pipped Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane to the manager of the year award.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone appears to be a very busy man these days. Apart from leading Atletico Madrid to newer heights every passing season, he is spending quite a lot of his time collecting a few awards.
He has been awarded Best Manager of 2015-16 Season twice in a fortnight, first by the Spanish federation and more recently by Madrid-based newspaper, Marca.
Cholo, as he is affectionately called, has won the Miguel Munoz Coach of the Year award for the season 2015-16. This award comes only a fortnight after he was named the best manager at the La Liga 2015-16 awards. These awards may not mean much to him as compared to team’s results and table standings, but they do go a long way in acknowledging Diego Simeone’s managerial acumen.
Atletico Madrid finished 3rd in La Liga last season and followed that with a runners-up finish in Champions League, losing out city rivals Real Madrid in a tense final decided by penalties.
“This award speaks highly of the work done by the team and reflects well on me, but it is a collective effort,” Simeone said after winning the award.
He went on to add, “I am aware of the need to improve... We must continue to improve, continue to compete, but where we are, in the second round of the Champions League two games before the end of the group stages is good.”
Atletico currently sit in 4th position in the La standings after matchday 11 and will be looking to gain some position in coming weeks.
Simeone, who has been at Atletico Madrid since 2011 as a manager, has won the Miguel Munoz award for the second time in his career; his previous award coming after the successful 2013-14 season, when he guided Atletico to the league title.
The Argentinian has won the La Liga manager of the year previously in his career, this year’s award being his third.
In a league dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid, Simeone has written his name in the history books by leading his Atletico side to a league title and pushing the two Spanish giants closely in domestic and European competitions.
The Atletico Madrid manager has indicated that he will leave the Spanish club in 2018, which has led to speculation of him moving to England to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.