Joseba Etxeberria dreams of managing Athletic Club one day. The club legend hung up his boots back in 2010 and has since been working towards becoming a better coach, which has seen him hold several roles at Athletic. At first he acted as a youth coach in Lezama before serving as an assistant under Ernesto Valverde for two years. Last season, he took over the coaching role at feeder club CD Basconia, but now he will leave the club.
The 39-year-old is ready to test himself at a higher level as he continues to grow as a manager and that isn’t going to happen at Athletic. With Cuco Ziganda taking over as the first team coach, Etxeberria had hoped that he would be offered the vacant job at Bilbao Athletic, but that hasn’t happened. As a result, a Basque club one league higher has contacted him and made him an offer to become their new manager.
According to a report from El Desmarque Bizkaia, Joseba Etxeberria will leave CD Basconia and accept the job as the new manager at SD Amorebieta. He will be taking over for close friend Aitor Larrazabal who has left the club and is set to become the new manager at Barakaldo.
This will certainly be a step up for Etxeberria who hopes to come back to Athletic in the near future. There is also a big question as to who will take over as the Bilbao Athletic manager. The club has made an offer to Asier Garitano, but he has yet to give an answer. Sources close to Athletic say that the club has made a decision on the new manager and that it could be announced very soon, but there is no word on whether or not it is in fact Garitano or someone else.