Eduardo Berizzo “If Resigning Is The Best Thing For The Team Then I Would Consider It”
Athletic have now gone 13 straight league games without a win after Monday night’s embarrassing 3-0 loss to Levante. The players are in a difficult situation and the fans are unhappy and have called for the firing of manager Eduardo Berizzo. The coach told reporters after the game that he is responsible and would consider resigning if it is the best thing for the team.
“I have no idea if I will continue in this role. I am the person in charge and have the feeling that it is difficult to turn things around. Without fixing those issues it is difficult to win games. Whether I or another man is capable of turning around the situation, everything comes down to playing without any offense and defensive errors. If resigning is the best thing for the team then I would consider it, but I haven’t thought about it because I was focused on the game and straightening the course. I still believe that is possible. If my resignation will help, and there is someone else who can fix the situation, then I will do it.”
Despite the poor results, Berizzo still believes that Athletic have the quality to turn the season around and is committed to doing so. He feels directly responsible and understands that the fans are disappointed.
“I always feel capable. It hurts me to lose matches and I feel responsible. We work with quality and find ourselves in an unpleasant situation, not only for me, but for the players, the people who work for the clubs, and the fans. It’s frustrating but we must continue. We can play better than we have and our quality can impact both areas. The team has the level and mental capacity to turn it around. We feel committed to the situation and I am the main person responsible for the team doing poorly. I hope the situation is reversed. The fans are as disappointed as we are to lose, but we can all resolve the situation.”
Making a managerial change is extremely difficult at the moment with Athletic’s Presidential elections set to take place on 27 December. That being said, rumors around Bilbao suggest that Eduardo Berizzo will meet with Josu Urrutia on Tuesday and could be sacked. If so, Bilbao Athletic manager Gaizka Garitano would be expected to take his place.