Atletico Madrid next manager odds: Bordalas favourite after Simeone QUIT bombshell, Gabi, Valverde & Benitez in the mix
DIEGO SIMEONE has dropped a bombshell after hinting that he could leave Atletico Madrid this summer.
And bookmakers Betfair have responded by installing Getafe manager Jose Bordalas as the 3/1 favourite to replace him at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
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The enigmatic Argentine made the suggestion immediately after Atletico's dismal Copa del Rey defeat to third-tier Cornella.
The 50-year-old fielded a solid starting XI that included the likes of record signing Joao Felix, Saul Niguez and Angel Correa.
But the La Liga leaders went down 1-0 to a Adrian Jimenez goal and failed to register a single effort on target.
After the match, Simone told reporters: "Cornella played better. In the whole game, what they wanted was always done better than what we wanted.
"They took advantage of the set-piece situations and immediately found the goal.
"The boys tried to compete in the best way. In the first half, we had more chances, and in the second, it was rockier. It got difficult after the red card.
Atletico Madrid next manager odds – Betfair
- Jose Bordalas – 3/1
- Gabi – 6/1
- Marcelino Garcia Toral – 6/1
- Mauricio Pochettino – 15/2
- Ernesto Valverde – 15/2
- Rafa Benitez – 12/1
- German Burgos – 12/1
- Massimiliano Allegri – 20/1
- Jose Mourinho – 66/1
- Pep Guardiola – 150/1
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"This competition has not given us satisfaction in recent years but solutions will have to be found if we are here next year."
Simeone is one of the highest paid managers in world football but his contract is set to expire in June 2022.
And his latest hint has seen a flurry of activity in the betting market.
Bordalas is the favourite at 3/1 with former Atletico Madrid captain Gabi, who made over 200 appearances for the club, next at 6/1.
Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelino Garcia Toral is also available at 6s, while both Mauricio Pochettino and Ernesto Valverde are locked at 15/2.
There's a big leap to Rafa Benitez and former Atletico assistant manager German Burgos at 12/1 with Massimiliano Allegri further back at 20/1.
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, who of course managed Real Madrid and Barcelona, has also been included by the bookmakers at 66/1 and 150/1 respectively.
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