San Mams is farewell. The duel with Osasuna will be the last for the president (Elizegi) and coach (Marcelino) at La Catedral. Thes June elections will take them ahead. Elizegi and his Board of Directors will resign this Sunday to open an electoral process that will end on June 24. Barkala and Arechabaleta, who are the first candidates to accept the challenge of fighting for the presidency, will be visible this afternoon around the Cathedral. And from next week they will compete in programs, collaborators and projects. Arechabaleta set up his campaign office in Plaza Campuzano and Arechabaleta in Garca Rivero street. Barely 60 meters apart. Before this Wednesday it will be known if there is a third candidate to succeed Elizegi, winner of the elections on December 27, 2018.
The tsunami that elections always causeIt will also affect Marcelino, who ends the year and a half of the contract he signed with Elizegi and will not have an immediate renewal offer from any of the pre-candidates. And there will be no room for compromise. The coach gives the feeling that he will leave Athletic with 75 games in the bag: at the moment there are 73 with a balance of 27 wins, 26 draws and 20 losses. “If it is not my last appointment here, I will have the great luck of living more games in San Mamés. At the end of the season, after the last game, it will be time to define my future. And I will do so. We will meet with the entire coaching staff, these 17 months and we will make decisions”, highlighted the Spaniard.
Elizegi will debut in San Mams as president on January 10, 2019 in a Cup match against Sevilla. Marcelino did it in January 2021 against Barcelona. The two, each at their time, opened the stage with defeat and hope to close it with a different face. Athletic needs a better result than Villarreal to reach the last day with aspirations of reaching a place in the Conference League. It will be a farewell with a hook.
The rivalry duel includes the adornment of Jess Areso, who repeats the call with Arrasate after having rehabilitated from a serious knee injury. The Navarrese, who He signed for Athletic from Osasuna’s youth team but did not make his debut in the first team and returned to Pamplona to debut there in the First Division As a rojillo, he is in a position to return to LaLiga in San Mams in front of many with whom he has shared training and life in Lezama in recent years.