In any other place or time of football, Diego Pablo Simeone would already be dismissed. Or on the verge, at least questionable. There is no memory, and this sport does not have too much, to support a similar present of bad feelings, mediocre results and terrible evidence. And yet, the continuity of the coach of Atlético, possibly the best in its history, is not in dispute. It is not even an issue among those who decide. Go on, go on. Yes, there is the murmur in the stands, a weariness that affects half (to approximate a calculation) of the mattress supporters, today scrambled around the subject in a growing civil war. The ole, ole is no longer sung at the Metropolitano, the technician’s ‘cheerleader’ fuss is not obeyed and the cries against him sound at the same volume as those of those who cannot bear to be criticized, an army of non-negotiable faithful ( among which a good handful of journalists are enlisted) that it does retain. An increasingly aggressive division that those in charge (and the affected) contemplate with disinterest and reluctance, without taking the hint. The club with the least patience in the universe today is an exasperating example of calm and indifference to disappointments. There is an economic nuance that justifies passivity. 22 million clean euros a year, the highest salary of all time on a bench, which invites a friendly and negotiated exit, not an abrupt and drastic cut. There is also a decisive point of fear at the bottom of the indecision, the pessimism about the day after, the intimidating fear of the emptiness of post-cholism. And who replaces him? (an exaggerated vertigo: at that price, the one you want). We must also consider that the club revolves entirely around Simeone, owner and lord of the decisions. His departure would not be a simple change to the use of coach, but to break with an entire structure founded on his 11 continuous years in office (a term so long that precedents are exhausted). And there is also the umbrella factor, which the leadership, aware of its distance from the people, does not want to give up. Simeone concentrates so much attention that the clamor against the box is no longer perceived. The rumble hasn’t disappeared, but he doesn’t rumble either. Related News standard No Atlético de Madrid 2 – 2 Bayer Leverkusen Atlético falls like only Atlético José Miguélez falls standard No Soccer The animal Bakker and the icy Carrasco: an unforgivable celebration JAM But what weighs more, what blocks an irremediable movement, what contains the sector of the mattress population that resists lowering the thumb (even those who have already lowered it) is respect for the past. That demanding a goodbye can be confused with ingratitude, that his forced departure can dirty the great and indisputable biography of him in the post, his historic rescue of the institution from the ashes. Better that it be Simeone who chooses when and how to leave. The problem is that no one is eternal (Cholo no longer convinces in form or substance, he no longer reaches the grass or the stands) and the interested party does not assume it either. But between the inaction of those who pay and the castling of the one who charges, Atlético is being destroyed. And the case itself, rotting. With all the earmarks of ending very badly from so much disregard. With the idol taken between insults and caps. And that’s not the end his legend deserves
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