Diego Simeone should be coach of the year says Carragher.


Jamie Carragher praises Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone [Cholo] and says the Argentine makes him want to put his boots back on.

Simeone has had a great impact on Atletico Madrid since he took over as manager of the La Liga side back in December 2011.

The former Argentina international led his team to winning the La Liga title last season ahead of arch rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona and also got to the final of the Champions League where they lost 4-1 to Los Blancos in Lisbon.

However former Liverpool defender Carragher expressed his delight at the impact the 44-year-old has had at Atletico Madrid and reckons he should be named the coach of the year.

“The Ballon d’Or is awarded to the world’s best player in Zurich on Monday but I am far more interested in who is named coach of the year,” Carragher told the Daily Mail

“Carlo Ancelotti, for securing Real Madrid’s 10th Champions League, and World Cup winner Joachim Low will have their supporters but if it was down to me, the prize would go to the third man on the shortlist — Diego Simeone.

"His work with Atletico Madrid, which was crowned by winning La Liga last season, has been unbelievable for the past three years," Carragher continued.

"I watched in awe again on Wednesday night when he inspired his side in the Copa del Rey to a third consecutive victory over Real.

"That is three straight derby wins after losing the Champions League final to their neighbours. You would have thought losing in Lisbon would have had a psychological impact on Atleti but nothing could be further from the truth.

"Simeone is the type of manager you would run through a brick wall for — I’d even come out of retirement for him! — and you can see his squad have total belief in him. He would be a magnificent addition to our game.

"In some ways, Atleti remind me of the Liverpool sides I played for under Rafa Benitez and Gerard Houllier. We might not have been the easiest on the eye but we had absolute belief that wherever we went in Europe we would get a result. Simeone has given that to Atleti."

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