Kuko Ziganda’s time at Athletic Club is coming to an end. The manager has overseen one of Athletic’s worst seasons in recent history and will pay for it with his job. He may still have one year left on his contract, but will not make it past the final two games of the season. With Ziganda on the way out, Eduardo Berizzo is the favorite to replace him with the Argentine and the Basque giants in advanced negotiations. Reports have gone as far to say that the only reason Berizzo hasn’t accepted an offer yet is out of respect for Ziganda. Athletic fans are all looking to the future and want this season to just be over, but what will happen to Ziganda? Well, he might just be sticking around La Liga.
According to a report from José Luis Artús of Mundo Deportivo, Kuko Ziganda is one of five managers tipped to replace Asier Garitano at Leganés. Garitano recently announced that he would be leaving the club after five years that saw him take the club from the third division all the way to the Primera. Whoever follows in Garitano’s footsteps will have some very big shoes to fill.
It should be noted that Ziganda isn’t the most qualified name on the list of candidates. Leganés are also said to be looking at Jagoba Arrasate who is currently coaching Nunamcia, Huesca manager Rubi, Celta Vigo boss Juan Carlos Unzué, and José Luis Marti who is currently without a job. All of these managers do have one thing common. They are all, apart from Marti, viewed as good coaches who just haven’t been able to produce results in the Primera.
Athletic fans will likely only remember Ziganda for his disappointing season as the manager of the first team. But that shouldn’t take away from the legacy he built while coaching Bilbao Athletic. Many players have been vocal about they fact that they never could have made it to the senior squad without Ziganda’s coaching, development, and leadership. Perhaps the best role for Ziganda is still that of someone who will prepare young players to become great footballers. No one knows what career path Ziganda will take this summer but it seems obvious that coaching in the Primera may still be an option.