Ernesto Valverde enters the campaign. in pairs The Txingurri will be coach of Athletic if Jon Uriarte or Ricardo Barkala win the elections. Valverde, who has been coach of the rojiblanco first team in two different stages, He has been without a bench since he was fired from Barcelona in 2020. In the Barça team he coincided with Ramón Planes, who will act as sports director in the event that Barkala wins the elections. Uriarte has given explanations in a press release of the hiring of the coach and Barkala has chosen to announce it in a video with images of the technician. At the moment, he has not made any statements about it.”It is great news to be able to announce that we have the trust of Ernesto, the most successful Athletic Club coach in the last 25 years“said Uriarte in a statement.
The movement is transcendent because he gives a lot of importance to the variable of the bench. The projects against people who have defended the candidates find a way more than complicated. The partner also wants what is close and in his case it will be decide between Bielsa, who is Arechabaleta’s coach, or Valverde, Uriarte’s coach, and Barkala. It will be necessary to see which of the two candidacies suits the duet in the coincidence of coach.
The Barkala’s intention was to have Pochettino, a question discussed and collated since he first approached Planes last March, but the complicated situation of the Argentine at PSG, where they do not finish closing the dismissal because they do not have the desired replacement either, has left him without the option what he considered. At this time the candidate has also approached Marcelino, whom he has tried to convince. Nevertheless, the Spaniard stood firm on the principles he made public in May announcing that “the time has come to give thanks and say goodbye”. Then Barkala had met with half a dozen techs and none was Asturian.
We needed Ernesto in the first team to start building a project with stability in which we know he will be involved
Uriarte stressed that Ernesto “fits perfectly into our projectWe designed a transforming project in the sports area and, to deploy changes in the structure, it is necessary to have stability in the first team. And the coach who can provide the most stability in this Club is, without a doubt, Ernesto“, he explained. Izan Athletic’s commitment to Valverde is resounding. “”We have evaluated riskier optionswhich had a great fit, but weeks ago we came to the conclusion that we needed Ernesto’s part in the first team to start building our project with stability. We know that he is going to get involved in the project, that he is going to contribute to it and, above all, that It will contribute, as it has always done, a lot to the development of young talent that is key in our project“, says Uriarte.