Season 2012/2013 was a bittersweet one for Atlético Sanluqueño. Since their formation in 1948, the club were playing only their 6th season in Segunda B – all the rest being played in the lower leagues of Spanish football. They not only survived their first season in Segunda B in 21 years, but did very well, finishing in 11th place. What made this even more remarkable was that the players gave their all for the club despite not being paid un centimo for over 4 months.
Here’s an article I did back in March 2013 for Inside Spanish Football about the precarious situation.
Upon the season finish, we found out that coach, Pedro Buenaventura, would not be continuing in his position.
The club announced, earlier this month, and presented, earlier this week, the new coach – Carlos Ríos. It wouldn’t be Sanlúcar if Manzanilla wasn’t involved – hence Ríos’ first press conference went ahead in the Barbadillo Bodega (winery).
Ríos is not an unknown quantity in the managerial world, having managed at Rayo Sanluqueño, Alcalá, Almería B, Recreativo de Huelva B, Recreativo de Huelva, Cartagena and Xerez. He is the first coach of Atlético Sanluqueño that has managed in the Segunda A competition before. This shows great ambition from the club, who have given Ríos a 3 year contract to stamp his mark on this projectand perhaps make history.