El Jon Uriarte’s triumph ensures Ernesto Valverde’s return to San Mamés. Athletic will have in command the coach who has led the first team in history the most times and the one who has sat on the local bench in the new stadium the most times. Valverde (Viandar de la Vera, 58 years old) returns to the club that he feels is his own. “I’m from Athletic and training the club you belong to and the one you’re close to makes winning and losing much stronger,” is a resounding phrase from the new Lions coach. He delivered it at BIFS’20, in which he was awarded a few days after being fired from Barcelona.
Valverde will sign a contract for objectives, which is a variable that Uriarte and his directors have defended throughout the campaign. The Txingurri will formalize his situation in the club quickly because he has to make important decisions in the first team, right now with more than 35 players in the squad. The preseasonwhich has already organized a stage in Germany by the outgoing sports management, will start the first week of July. In the next few days, the footballers, who are following a summer activation plan, will receive the date of incorporation for the pre-season medical analyses.
The Coach chosen by Uriarte returns to what was his first elite club (2003-05) and who in the period 2013-17 returned to the titles after 31 seasons in which the rojiblancos had nothing to celebrate. He is also the coach of the lions’ latest adventure in the Champions League and a regular in the European rounds. Txingurri is back.