ERNESTO VALVERDE STEPS DOWN FROM ATHLETIC
Today news has come from Spain that Athletic Biblao manager, Ernesto Valverde, has stepped down from his job at the San Mamés Stadium. This has came about after an apparent falling out with current club President Jose Urrutia over wages. Ernesto has only lasted one season, after being announced as Head Coach in June 2013.
Reports of arguments and quarrels over wage issues had leaked into the media around a week ago when Ernesto's request for a pay rise was rejected. Ernesto went to the press with his discontent and was gave a formal warning by Jose Urrutia. This was clearly not the end of the story as Ernesto spoke with frustration over Jose's decisions and is quite clearly at ease with his resignation.
"I am perfectly sure that my actions are correct," stated Ernesto as he spoke about his decision to step down. "My irritation with the board and president has pushed me towards a decision I feel is best for everyone. I want to move on with my career and forget about this. Wherever I go next I hope I will be more valued."
Short Stint at Athletic
This spells the end of Ernesto's one season stint at Athletic, a season in which he has guided the club to a Champions League spot. Ernesto joined on the back of club legend Fernando Llorente's move to Juventus, a move of which left a sour taste in the mouths of most Bilbao fans. Ernesto managed to sign four players in his time at the club including midfielder Beñat from Real Betis and striker Kike Sola from Osasuna.
Life Without Herrera
One of Ernesto's last moves as Athletic head coach was the sale of Ander Herrera to Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United in a £28m deal. The new manager will have to try and bring in a replacement for Ander, however it's not going to be easy to find a player of his quality that they can pick up.
Who will pick up from where Valverde left off?
There are a lot of high-profile names in contention to replace Ernesto, however there are plenty of lower reputation managers that would love a chance to prove their worth at a club such as Bilbao. The new Head Coach will have to put up with their strict basque-only rule and help Athletic reach former glory...