José María Amorrortu Will Not Continue As Athletic Club’s Sporting Director Next Season
Josu Urrutia has hinted for the past year that he would not run for re-election in 2019 and that was finally confirmed on Wednesday. The 50-year-old who has served as Athletic Club’s President since 2011 announced his decision during a press conference, while also revealing that the voting has been moved up and will take place on 27 December.
During his press conference Urrutia admitted that he didn’t know what his current board would do moving forward. Someone may decide to run for President, but there is no word on that right now. However, Urrutia did announce that current Sporting Director José María Amorrortu will be leaving his current role when his contract ends on 30 June.
Amorrortu has served as Sporting Director since 2011, when Urrutia was voted in as President, and his time has been marked by both success and failure. He has overseen constant improvements to the Lezama facilities and the signing of many young stars. However, his involvement with the first team has been limited. Amorrortu and former manager Kuko Ziganda did not have a good relationship and some have suggested that the 65-year-old took a back seat during the four years under Ernesto Valverde.
While a new President will be voted in on 27 December, Amorrotu will continue as the Sporting Director until his contract runs out. It will then be up to the new board to hire a replacement for the position moving forward. The last eight years under Josu Urrutia have been filled with many more successes than failures and whoever becomes the new President will have big shoes to fill.