Monday 27 April 2015 09:34, UK
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is unlikely to manage elsewhere, including the Premier League, says Alan Smith.
The reigning Spanish champions went out of the Champions League to city rivals Real Madrid after Javier Hernandez scored a late winner to give the hosts a 1-0 aggregate victory.
Simeone has drawn praise from around the world of football for building a strong team on a much smaller budget – their entire starting XI at the Bernabeu on Tuesday cost less than Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
When asked about Simeone’s future, Smith drew comparisons with Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, who he feels could lose his job if he fails to win a trophy this season.
“He doesn’t seem to be under that kind of pressure,” he told the Sky Sports' Champions League podcast.
“He isn’t asked to entertain as well as win. Many managers in his situation, having won La Liga and got to the Champions League final – and very nearly won it – would cut their losses.
“Many would think ‘I can’t go anywhere from here at this club, it’s time for a move’ – but he has gone and signed another contract."
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher also believes Simeone is unlikely to take a job in England or with another European club because of the style of play he employs.
He wrote on Twitter: “I love Atletico & Simeone but would a European giant Barca, Munich etc accept his style? People point to Jose but I think he's more balanced.”
Atletico look set to finish third in La Liga behind Barcelona and Real this season, but Smith believes both the club and coach are ready for a long-term future, writing off any chance of a move to the Premier League.
“It clearly fits him and this club,” he added. “He knows he’s in charge and he’s the man everybody looks to in that dressing room.
“He looks happy here. Jose Mourinho and Ancelotti have always had ambitions to work in all the big leagues in all the big countries, but I don’t think Simeone’s that kind of character.
“He is very happy with his lot at Atletico and their supporters won’t be moaning about that.”