José Ángel Corres Has Reportedly Decided Not To Run In December Elections, Aitor Elizegi Still Weighing Up The Possibility
Ever since the Athletic Board of Directors resigned last Thursday in preparation for the December Presidential elections, all signs pointed to one man holding all the cards. Former Vice-President José Ángel Corres was not listed as part of the Management Committee put in charge of the club and was said to be the front runner to become the next President.
As the days have passed by Corres has yet to publicly state that he will run. Several sources claimed that it was a foregone conclusion that he would be the one to step forward out of Josu Urrutia’s former board, but that might not be the case now. According to a breaking report from Iñaki Ugalde of Mundo Deportivo, Corres has decided not to run in the December elections. If this is true that would mean that there are currently no candidates with voting set to take place in just over a month.
Sidenor President José Antonio Jainaga had announced several months ago that he would run in the upcoming elections, but has since changed his mind. The reason for this is unknown and it is highly unlikely that he will reverse his decision again. With that being the case eyes have once again turned to famous Bilbao chef and Athletic Socio, Aitor Elizegi.
Elizegi is a well-known man in the city of Bilbao and an important Socio for the club. He’s always been open about his desire to be the President of Athletic one day and there is a large group of fans that have been pressuring him to run for quite some time. A new report from Robert Basic of El Correo claims that Elizegi and his group are still evaluating the possibility to running in the December elections and a decision is expected to be made next week.
“I have always been willing to help Athletic”, he told Telebilbao in a recent interview. “Eleven years ago, when Juan Carlos Ercoreca called me, it took me about three seconds to say yes. At that time it was much harder to bet on Athletic than it is today. I will always be close to Athletic and will do whatever is needed and serve where they ask me. I still need a few to help me and to see if there is a consensus decision.”
The first day for candidates to submit their applications is 28 November and the final day is 7 December. Candidates and their boards will be officially announced by the club on 12 December, but at this point there is a possibility that there will be no one running. If that turns out to be the case the elections will be moved from 27 December to sometime in the summer and the current Management Committee that is overseeing the club will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.