Questions continue to surround Athletic Club manager, Ernesto Valverde. He has a potential offer to join Barcelona and other clubs are interested in him as well. He has yet to make a decision on his future, leaving many to believe that he will likely make his exit this summer. For several years, Bilbao Athletic manager Cuco Ziganda has been seen as the eventual replacement.
Athletic President Josu Urrutia is heavily backing Ziganda to replace Valverde, as is the vast majority of the board. However, Sporting Director Jose Maria Amorrortu does not have a good relationship with Ziganda and would rather bring in someone else. Until now that other name has been Las Palmas coach Quique Setien, but there is a newcomer to the discussion.
According to a new report from Radio Marca Bilbao, Celta Vigo manager Eduardo Berizzo has now become another potential replacement. Berizzo has proven to be a manager who works well with youth and that is likely one of the most attractive pulls for Athletic.
Berizzo is a relatively new manager, having only begun his career back in 2007. Celta Vigo is the first major club that he has overseen and he has done a fine job. Since he took over on 2014, Celta Vigo has won 43% of their matches by playing exciting football, and have carried a +8 goal difference.
The fact that the Argentine coach doesn’t have any ties to Athletic has some fans rejecting him as a potential replacement. It is clear that the President and board want to promote Cuco Ziganda, but Amorrortu will try to convince them to make another decision. It will still be a while before anyone knows what will happen with Valverde, so the club does have plenty of time to try and make the best decision for the future.