Marcelo Bielsa misses out on a return to Athletic Bilbao after Jon Uriarte prevails in the club’s presidential elections… with the new San Mames chief expected to appoint former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde as manager
- Former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will not be the new manager of Athletic Bilbao
- The Athletic presidential candidate who nominated Bielsa lost the election
- Winner Jon Urriate has pledged to hire ex-Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde
- Valverde, 58, has had two previous spells in charge of the Basque outfit
- He won back-to-back LaLiga titles during his time in the dugout at the Nou Camp
Ex-Leeds bosswill not be the new manager of Athletic Bilbao following the results of the club’s presidential elections.
Iñaki Arechabaleta, the candidate who had selected the Argentine as his choice of coach, finished second to Jon Urriate who received 47.7 per cent of the vote.
Urriate has pledged to appoint formermanager Ernesto Valverde, who was considered by for an interim role last season before they opted for .
Former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will not be the new manager of LaLiga side Athletic Bilbao
The third-place candidate, Ricardo Barkala, asked Mauricio Pochettino to be his coaching nominee but was snubbed by the former PSG boss and therefore had also selected Valverde.
Athletic supporters had been split about Bielsa returning to club following his indifferent two-year spell at San Mames a decade ago.
His team played some of the best football that fans had seen in the 2011-12 season, but they ran out of energy at the campaign’s climax and lost both the Copa del Rey final and the Europa League final by a 3-0 scoreline.
Bielsa’s search for work continues following his departure from Leeds in February, when the Whites were two points above the Premier League relegation zone.
Ex-Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is expected to be hired by new president Jon Urriate
It ends Bielsa’s hopes of a San Mames return after he managed Athletic between 2011 and 2013
For Valverde, it is a first managerial job since he left Barcelona two years ago having won back-to-back LaLiga titles.
The 58-year-old spent six seasons at Athletic during his playing career and has had two previous spells in the dugout at San Mames – between 2003-05 and 2013-17.
No one has managed more games in the club’s history than Valverde (306), who led them into the Champions League in 2014 and a year later won the Spanish Super Cup.
He replaces Marcelino, who stepped down in May following an eighth place finish in LaLiga – the club’s highest placing in three years.
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