Andoni Goikoetxea “Gaizka Garitano Deserves A Medal”
When it comes to beloved Athletic players, there aren’t many who fans hold as highly as Andoni Goikoetxea. The “Butcher of Bilbao” gave everything he had for the team and is still close to the club today. Like everyone else, he’s excited to see the Zurigorri turn around the season and is quick to heap praise on manager Gaizka Garitano who now has Athletic fighting for Europe.
“It’s not that we’ve left that situation from the beginning of the season, but that we are talking about other things, about Europe, about the Champions League”, Goikoetxea told Onda Cero. “And who is responsible for this? Sometimes the medals are for the players, but when you start giving medals to coaches one has to be given to Gaizka Garitano. He deserves a medal.”
Goikoetxea believes that Garitano has been the single greatest factor in Athletic’s improvements since taking over as the manager back in December. “It’s not that he’s the best option, he’s the only option”, the club legend answered when asked about Garitano’s renewal.” He deserved a good renewal. Being four points off of the Champions League is fantastic. In addition to the positive improvement, the team believes in what they are doing and has tremendous confidence.”
From legends like Andoni Goikoetxea and the current Board of Directors to the squad and fans, Gaizka Garitano has the support of everyone. Athletic have the 4th best record in La Liga since the coaching change and now the Mister will continue to lead the Zurigorri next season. In the meantime, Garitano and the team won’t look any further than the next game on the schedule. A win against Getafe on Sunday could put the Basques within striking distance of the Champions League.