Alberto Uribe-Echevarría Emerges As The Next Possible Candidate For Athletic Club’s Presidential Elections

Alberto Uribe Echevarria

Alberto Uribe-Echevarría looks likely to step forward as a Presidential candidate (AC)

Will the real Presidential candidate please stand up? Since Athletic Club’s Board of Directors stepped down on 15 November in preparation for the 27 December Presidential elections several candidates have stepped forward and then disappeared. It’s been the former Board’s plan all along to present a continuist candidate but things haven’t gone according to plan.

First choice option Javier Aldazabal declined the offer and Genar Andrinua gave the same answer when approached next. The focus then turned to former Vice President José Ángel Corres who initially decided to run, but then withdrew his name days later. There have also been a few potential candidates from outside the former Board that looked set to run before bowing out.

Sidenor President José Antonio Jainaga had announced months earlier that he would be running, yet decided not to after the election date was set. Similarly, Mario Fernández was seen as a potential option but never took any steps towards presenting himself. Then, just two days ago, it was reported that Aitor Elizegi had made the decision to run, and would likely be doing so unopposed. He had been working with his group for months and planned to announce his candidacy on Thursday, but then chose to withdraw one day earlier after examining Athletic’s accounts.

Elizegi’s decision brought the elections back to square one with no candidates and voting set to take place in less than one month. In the midst of all the chaos the former Board of Directors have still been working to present a candidate and they may have finally found one. According to a breaking report from Radio Marca Bilbao, former Accountant Alberto Uribe-Echevarría is expected to emerge as the candidate.

Uribe-Echevarría was believed to be a top option from the beginning but distanced himself from the Presidential elections in favor of continuing in a prominent role under someone like Corres. Now, according to a report from Iñaki Ugalde of Mundo Deportivo, the former Board of Directors see his candidacy as a certainty, although it would be wise to wait for something official considering the way things have unfolded with all of the other potential candidates throughout this process. Luckily, Uribe-Echevarría wouldn’t have to pay the near €20 million fee if he became President because he served on the previous board.

The former Accountant was a pillar of Josu Urrutia’s board since 2011 and has played a major role in helping the club achieve financial strength. He is the former Director of Basque auditing company Deloitte and knows Athletic’s accounts and books better than anyone else. On Wednesday the window opened for candidates to submit their applications with the deadline being 7 December. With just over a week to submit his application Uribe-Echevarría has a difficult decision to make.

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