Aritz Solabarrieta Thanks Previous Athletic Board For The Chance To Coach At Lezama

Aritz Solabarrieta Bilbao Athletic

Aritz Solabarrieta will leave Athletic this summer (Zabaleta)

Aritz Solabarrieta has achieved a lot since coming to coach at Lezama back in 2015. Last year he led the Juvenil A team to one of the best seasons in history and was rewarded with a promotion to CD Basconia. Just a few months in he was promoted again, this time to Bilbao Athletic, but will not continue at the club this summer. Following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Real Unión, the manager took the time to explain that he will be leaving when the season ends.

“What I know is that I’m not going to continue and this will be my last press conference. I came to coach in 2015 with Jose Mari Amorrortu and it’s funny because people think that coming to Lezama is something beautiful. It is, but it’s also hard once you get involved because there’s always a desire to improve and learn in order to make the players better. I think my experience in these four years has been amazing. I would like to thank the people who made it possible. After 11 years as a player and 4 as a coach, our paths will separate. The club is taking another route with other people and with other ideas and I can only wish them the best.”

Solabarrieta went on to thank the previous Board for giving him the chance to coach at Lezama, highlighting his great relationship with former Sporting Director José Maria Amorrortu. He knows that things weren’t easy for Amorrortu but is proud to have worked alongside the club legend.

“I want to thank first, the Board of Directors led by Josu Urrutia for having made it possible for me to be here. I would also like to thank Amorrortu for everything, for giving me this opportunity, for showing me what this is, what Lezama consists of, that our most important value is the players and that our focus always has to be on the players and their improvement. It’s true that a lot has been blamed on José Mari and most of that has been without cause. I imagine that it was hard for him, but it was a pleasure for me to work with him.”

In closing, Solabarrieta thanked three fellow coaches at Lezama who had a big role in his development. “I also want to thank the colleagues that I met here – José Manuel Sevillano, Iban Fuentes, and Joseba Bikandi for making me a part of this and for helping me to be a better coach. It’s been a pleasure working with them every day.” Aritz Solabarrieta has shown the ability to develop young players but will leave Athletic after four years in a coaching role. Joseba Etxeberria is expected to take over as the manager of Bilbao Athletic this summer.

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