Ernesto Valverde returns to the bench at Athletic Club

The ‘txingurri’ ‘wins’ in the elections of Marcelo Bielsa


The Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the new coach of Athletic Club after the victory this Friday in the elections for the presidency of the Basque club of Jon Uriarte, candidate who led the ‘txingurri’ as coach in the event of victory.

The Viandar de la Vera coach will start the 2022/23 season for his third stint on the rojiblanco bench, having led the Bilbao team between 2003 and 2005 and between 2013 and 2017. Valverde is the coach with the most experience. appearances in Athletic Club history (307).

Extremadura’s last experience was on the bench at FC Barcelona, ​​where he won two league titles and was dismissed in January 2020 in his third campaign. With Barca he also won a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup, but Champions League eliminations against Rome and Liverpool weighed more heavily.

After two and a half years without training, Valverde returns and does so at San Mamés, led by Uriarte who has become the new president of Athletic Club. Valverde’s trick was also handled by Ricardo Barkala’s candidacy, while Iñaki Arechabaleta went with Marcelo Bielsa as coach.

The Argentine led the Basques from 2011 to 2013, with an explosive season on the line and red and white self-esteem, with the Europa League and Copa del Rey finals. The fervor for the ‘Loco’ did not win over the ‘txingurri’ and it was Valverde who finally succeeded Marcelino García Toral at the head of the ‘lions’.

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