Marcelino confirms he may not be at Athletic Club next season
There has been a strange atmosphere of uncertainty around Athletic Club in recent months. With limited transfer business to manage, it is generally a settled club. Still, with Marcelino Garcia Toral’s contract at the end of the season and elections on the horizon, things are up in the air at Lezama.
Speaking ahead of their final home game of the season, Marcelino was direct and honest with the media about this uncertainty.
“There’s a 50% chance, as far as I’m concerned, that I won’t be there next season. I end my contract on June 30 and it’s the last home game of the season. I am very happy to be the director of Jock. If it’s the last, I’ll remember everything I’ve been through and if it’s not the last, I’ll have the chance to experience more games with this extraordinary support. I remember the heartbreak of having had to play for four months in an empty San Mames, but then I was able to enjoy magical and unforgettable nights.
Mundo Deportivo covered an intense press conference and made it clear that there were two things needed for him to continue as manager.
“Full confidence and support from the players and that the directors also have maximum confidence in the work of the manager and the technical team.”
He was also asked about one of the candidates Inaki Arechabaleta, whom he met in person this week. However, Marcelino has made it clear that he isn’t happy with the media leaks about his future.
“I don’t know if I’m his first option or not. Yes, it surprises me to see news that says I’m not a possibility as the future manager of Athletic. I have to think it’s true because it hasn’t been publicly denied. This surprised me because we met this week and he could have confirmed it to me personally.
The club confirmed officially that the elections would take place on June 24 this summer, which leaves a gap of six days between Marcelino’s contract and the arrival of the new president. It’s clear that none of the candidates gave him unconditional support, which based on Marcelino’s answers may be a deciding factor in terms of securing a new deal.