Joseba Etxeberría “The Best Thing About This Situation Is That We’re Still In December”
Athletic’s situation demanded change and the club responded by dismissing manager Eduardo Berizzo and promoting Bilbao Athletic coach Gaizka Garitano. Former player and club legend Joseba Etxeberría was a guest on Radio Marca to discuss the events and said that he believes that Garitano can be the man to turn things around for the Lions this season.
“It is a delicate situation. In principle everyone thought that there would be other objectives, but there have been so many matches without winning in the league, hence the dismissal of Berizzo. Gaizka [Garitano] knows the team perfectly. He knows how the club works from the inside and I wish him the best. He’s trained for his and the best thing about this situation is that we’re still in December.”
Etxeberría went on to say that he is hopeful for this season and has called on all fans to give their support to the new manager. At the same time, he admitted that he thinks Athletic should try to sign Fernando Llorente and Ander Herrera who he believes are realistic transfer targets.
“To get things you have to go for them. I am hopeful, but I do not lose much energy from it right now. We have to transmit energy to Gaizka Garitano, the coaching staff, and the squad so that they can be a competitive team. We should try to sign Llorente and Herrera because, unlike Javi Martínez who is a starter at Bayern, Fernando and Ander could be options.”
Gaizka Garitano will coach his first game on Thursday as Athletic travel to take on Huesca in the second leg of the Copa del Rey. Luckily, he won’t have as much of a burden to carry in his debut fixture thanks to the Lions holding a 4-0 lead after the first leg at the San Mamés. Still, all eyes will be on Garitano as fans have been filled with hope that he can turn the season around for the Zurigorri.