AthleticTOOnly three foreign technicians have led the team so far this century
ANDhe month of confinement hasAthletic working in the offices. Technicians and physical trainers shape a return to competition (11 League games and the Cup final) that remains fraught with uncertainty and thesports management strives to close templatesfor the coming season, which is still unknown when to start. In the area of the first teamyou have to put a name to the coach, who today goes through the continuity of Garitano. The Board of Directors, which meets in full electronically at least once a week, is to keep the coach and the sports management confident in the field. If Garitano wants,at any time i can signto the extension of one season of his contract.
If not?The obligation of those in charge of the sports plot is to cover all kinds of contingencies. If Garitano and the club, in a very unlikely event right now, decided to separate their ways, Athletic would have to decide what to do: yesrun ladder, looking for a technician in lower categories, or jump to the market. The club has studied the different scenarios andtheir approach is very similar to that of the sports directives and directions that have preceded themin this century that is on the way to fulfilling its first quarter: the technicians from home or with a clear connection with the club.
In this sXXI century Athletic has had 12 coaches of which 8 had had a previous relationship with Athletic, most of them as former players and Heynckes because they already joined the team in the 90s; one, Man, was Biscayan; Two foreigners without any relationship to the entity (Bielsa and Berizzo) and Caparrs, who came from new, adapted very quickly to the structure because it was 187 games on the bench, which is a relevant figure in recent decades. Valverde, Clemente, Rojo, Sarriugarte, Ziganda, Mendilibar appeared in the chapter of ex-footballers of the rojiblanca structure, who did not debut as a lion but was in the branch, and Garitano.
The option of atechnical foreigner, however, is not ruled out. It all depends on the curricular condition of the applicant. Athletic is an attractive place for countless coaches, butthe club does not auction off the bench. And less when it comes to signing foreign coaches. The Best results when borders have been crossed have come from coaches with a way to go.It happened with Luis Fernndez (1996-00), who signed without turning 40 years old and after having trained Cannes, the club where he retired as a player, and PSG, who became the Recopa champion; and years ago with Heycnkes (1992-94). The German had directed Moenchengladbach, where he spent eight seasons, and Bayern.
The norm of a race to be done broke with Bielsa, who came preceded by task in clubs and selection, and wanted to strengthen with Berizzo, who was endorsed by Bielsa and after a good practice at Celta and a scare at Sevilla wanted to regain presence at San Mams.
The first-class technicians have been discarded, with a range of options often of undisguised crematistic interest,the club does not lose sight of coaches who have demonstrated to manage well in teams from different leagues on the continentand that fit into the profile that Luis Fernndez or Heynckes had in his day. Athletic canresort to the arguments that many Bundesliga clubs follow, which offers several alternatives. Nageslmann, at the head of Leizpig, is a great example of a coach who has shot up his price while his teams improve their results; Tedesco has already jumped to a classic like Spartak Mosc and Florian Kohfelfdt continues at Werder Bremen.
InEngland, where the path of young technicians is more complicated,Eddie Howe, who makes a career at Bournemouth, stands out and a second chance is expected for Garry Monk, who has Sheffield in no man’s land in the Championship. The Second English has recovered Slaven Bilic, who after training Croatia signed for Lokomotiv and has barely had continuity in clubs passing through Besiktas, West Ham Al-Ittihad and since June of last year he leads West Bromwich Albion.