The exception that confirms the rule on the Athletic bench


The exception that confirms the rule on the Athletic bench

Urrutia’s arrival as Athletic’s presidency led to the hiring of Bielsa as first team coach and Ziganda for rojiblanco’s subsidiary. When the Argentine coach’s tour ended, Valverde sealed his signature to start his second period on the San Mamés bench.

Four seasons later, Txingurri signed for Barça, Ziganda jumped into the first team and Gaizka Garitano served as manager of Bilbao Athletic. Navarrese has only completed one of the two years he has agreed as Athletic coach since the board decided to bet on Berizzo, a bet that went wrong and he had to amend mid -campaign and in the relegation zone by raising the deriotarra in the first team.

At the beginning of 2021, after beating Elche 1-0, Elizegi fired Garitano to sign Marcelino. Etxebe, subsidiary manager at the time, continued to work with the puppies and at the end of the campaign he chose to leave Athletic. Imanol de la Sota, his replacement, was dismissed from the failing team and Patxi Salinas took over the reins, saving the team and closing out his time at the club.

Source: La Verdad


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