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Newcastle want Simeone and Berta in Atletico Madrid double swoop
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Newcastle want Simeone and Berta in Atletico Madrid double swoop

Newcastle are eyeing Simeone and Berta in Atletico double swoop.

The Magpies are being linked with every player and manager under the sun at the moment.

However, one rumour in particular should be getting the Newcastle fans very excited.

In the wake of Steve Bruce’s sacking this morning, the club are eyeing up a new manager.

That is the report from Spanish outlet AS that claims the club want to emulate Atletico Madrid’s sporting model.

In an effort to copy Los Colchoneros, Newcastle want manager Diego Simeone and sporting director Andrea Berta.

This would be a huge coup for the Geordies.

Not only is Simeone one of the best coaches in the world, he’s also one of the best paid figures in football.

The Argentine earns a massive wage of just over £680k-a-week (ESPN).

Money, though, is no object to the Northeast club after their takeover.

The real issue will be convincing Simeone and his sporting director Berta to leave Madrid.

The new owners at Newcastle have reportedly followed Atletico Madrid’s progress over the last decade closely.

The way that Atletico work intrigues the new Newcastle supremos.

Newcastle are eyeing Simeone and Berta in Atletico double swoop

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Berta works very closely with the Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil.

The pair pick out targets and will often offer Simeone one of three options, with the manager given the final decision.

This could work at Newcastle, although Simeone would need to completely uproot the side and build it in his image.

This would take a lot of time.

However, it’s what he did at Atletico Madrid in the first place.

When Simeone took the job in Madrid in 2011 the club had finished 11th the previous season.

In his first two campaigns Simeone took them to 7th and then 5th.

However, in the nine seasons since then they haven’t finished any lower than 3rd and have won seven pieces of silverware.

The idea of that will be one that has the Newcastle hierarchy licking their lips.

Making this double swoop happen, though, will take a lot of work.

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