Elizegi has always trusted Garitano since he won the elections. “We are in very good hands,” he said in an interview with MD. A year later, taking stock, he stressed that “we can only recognize the DNA of this coach, how he understood the project, how Athletic feels. I have unforgettable moments that I will not forget. ”
The president also released that “he took the club in depression” and that he recovered a “touched team”. He regretted that this course has not been participated in Europe, but opined “it has allowed Garitano renew the template and continue drawing a truer path ”.
In the last campaign, the renewal of Garitano arrived on April 4, 2019. Alkorta left a clarification on the table: “By the way, he is a good coach, he does not have a flower on his ass.” And Derio’s recalled that they had taken the team “in one of the most difficult situations in the history of the club” but that, “among all”, they had achieved permanence. “I will be the person in charge of the team one more year and I will be able to start the preseason”, he congratulated himself.
The rojiblanco coach pointed out about the duration of his contract that “the club offered me a year and I see it as normal, the credibility of a coach today is very short. The club does not have to be bound by contract. The coach must demonstrate every day that it is valid, for me it is also an exam, every game, every year … It is also normal seeing the latest experiences of the club (Kuko and Berizzo), but if things are going well, hopefully it can continue longer ”. He was clear that “in Athletic the demand is and should always be high. I’m ready”.
Garitano (Bilbao, July 9, 1975) took charge in December 2018 of the team in the relegation zone. Since then, he has added 61 games on the Athletic bench, with a balance of 27 wins, 18 draws and 16 losses.
Distributed between the two competitions, there are 51 League matches, 21 won, 16 signing tables and 14 lost. And as for the Cup, there are 10 clashes, with 6 wins, 2 tied and another 2 appointments falling.
In the current campaign, the Bilbao squad is tenth, with 37 points (9 wins, 10 draws and 8 defeats), 5 from the Europa League area that defines Valencia with 42. In the past year, he came to Athletic in decline (18th with 11 points in 14 days) and finished eighth, with 53 points, outside Europe by centimeters. A goal. A crossbar.