Gaizka Garitano’s Impressive Point Percentage As Athletic Manager
Athletic fans are torn over Gaizka Garitano. Some are pleased with the manager’s success since taking over in December of 2018. Others believe his defensive style of football is too negative and holding the team back. While opinions may differ, leading Athletic to the Copa del Rey final is a tremendous accomplishment and his numbers in La Liga have been somewhat overlooked.
In his 51 league games as Athletic manager Garitano has earned a total of 79 of a possible 153 points, or 51.6% of the available points. While that may not seem overly impressive, it’s actually the second highest point percentage for a coach at the club in the last 25 years as explained by Endika Río of Mundo Deportivo. Only Ernesto Valverde, who secured 52.2% of points, has a higher percentage
Just behind Garitano is Luis Fernandéz with 51.1% followed by Jupp Heynckes at 47.4%. Recent managers such as Joaquín Caparrós (45.2%), Marcelo Bielsa (41.2%), Kuko Ziganda (37.7%), and Eduardo Berizzo (26.6%) had very different tenures to one another while on the bench at San Mamés.