AthleticTOReview of the mandate of Josu Urrutia that ends next December 27
ANDThe end of the elections of theAthletic is just around the corner, which implies the end of Josu Urrutia's term as president of the Bilbao club.Do not be in the box to enjoy the shock that the red and white will face with Sevilla in January. You will do it from your partner location, in the tribune this next to the south.
It has been seven and a half years since the day of San Fermn in 2011, when it became the most voted candidate in the history of Athletic with 12,957 votes.In this way he beat Fernando Garca Macua in a campaign in which more than 22,000 members voted.
Urrutia leaves office as the president with the most matches in club history.He has witnessed 399 meetings in his time as the highest leader.These have been distributed as follows:283 in league, 8 in Champions, 40 in cup, 2 of supercopa and 66 of Europa League.His seven and a half years at the head of the institution makes him the third longest, only surpassed by the nine years of Enrique Guzmn and eight of Pedro Aurtenetxe and Luis Casajuana.
His management has experienced several moments of great importance as they could be the transfer to the new stadium, the new television contract,regain a title or the sales of several important players for very high figures.This allowed his management to always be backed by a more than correct economy, which has allowed the club to be healthy in this aspect and face the high expense in chips that it currently has.
During his errand he watched as players with a lot of weight in the team left after the payment of his rescission clause.From Javi Martnez (40M) to Kepa Arrizabalaga (80M), passing through Ander Herrera (36M) and Aymeric Laporte (65M).This flight of talent has been essential to support the salary increase experienced by the staff members.Of the 44.9 million in salaries of the 2011/2012 campaign, it has gone to 84.8 of the current course.
In the benches, Urrutia has relied on five coaches.He began his career with Marcelo Bielsa,with who lived an extraordinary first year and a second for oblivion. I replaced himan old man known as Ernesto Valverde.At the orders of the txingurri, Athletic secured itself in the European positions in all the seasons in which it was in front. He even qualified for the Champions League and played a final match.
Valverde andUrrutia decided to give the opportunity to Ziganda.With Cuco, things did not go well and his stage hardly lasted one year.Less dur the one of a Berizzo that arrived at Bilbao deluding the fans and left with the equipment in descent.The last of the list isGaizka Garitano,who is currently in charge of directing the lions.
In sport, the club has played European competition in five of the seven campaigns with the deustoarra in command. As president he has lived a final of theEuropa League (2012) and two of Copa del Rey (2012 and 2015).However, the most remembered final is the one played before theFC Barcelona in the Supercopa in 2015.A 4-0 in San Mams andA draw at Camp Nou gave Athletic its first title in 31 years.