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Atletico's despair, Ronaldo's rant

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Updated: December 21, 2011, 11:59 AM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

A prominent but currently unemployed English Premier League football coach phoned me the other day to ask about jobs in Spain. The conversation was soon steered to Atletico Madrid, and I said with conviction, "Don't touch it with a barge pole."

He found that hard to understand and moved off the topic with the thought that "if you do make a good job of it and turn them around, you'll be regarded as a guru ... a legend."

He was right about that, but I'm certain that ...

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