Gaizka Garitano Officially Signs Contract Renewal With Athletic Club Through 2020
The future is in good hands. Since Gaizka Garitano took over as the manager of Athletic on 4 December the Lions have been sensational. They boast the 4th best record in La Liga over that stretch and have climbed out of 18th in the table and straight into the race for Europe. Garitano has been the catalyst for the improvement, introducing a proper system for the team and proving to be the perfect motivator for a squad lacking confidence.
It’s been clear for several months that the club wanted to renew his expiring contract and secure the future of the team. Garitano also wanted to sign an extension but put a priority on securing permanence in the league before dealing with the issue of his own deal. With 43 points now in the bag, Garitano’s future at San Mamés has been settled.
On Thursday Athletic officially announced that Gaizka Garitano has signed a contract extension through 2020 and will be formally presented on Friday at 11:00am. He will continue as the manager next season and will have the entire summer to prepare for a full campaign. The timing of the announcement didn’t come as a surprise. Over a week ago sources confirmed that an agreement was already in place, but that Garitano wanted to wait until he thought the time was right and wouldn’t cause a distraction.
Athletic fans and the players are very excited to see Garitano continue. Several players have been outspoken about their desire for the Mister to keep managing the team as he’s already built a strong relationship with the squad. Under his leadership, Athletic have become one of the best defensive teams in all of Europe and are playing an exciting style of football that is bringing great results. Now qualifying for Europe has become the focus and Garitano has proven that the Zurigorri are capable of anything.