According to a club announcement, the Athletic Club have parted company with their coach Gaizka Garitano.

In December 2018, after having been in charge of the club’s B team since July 2017, Garitano joined Athletic’s first team. In 89 games, including the yet-to-be-played Copa del Rey final, he led the club.

Athletic thanked Garitano, a qualified journalist and transparent Basque independence supporter, for the commitment and effort he displayed during his tenure in charge of the club and wished him all the best for the future. Real Sociedad defeated Athletic on New Year’s Eve in the Basque derby, with the San Sebastian side outshining their traditionally larger rivals in recent years.

Thanks to a 25th-minute strike by Captain Iker Muniain, Athletic beat Elche earlier today, and sat ninth in La Liga at the time of Garitano’s dismissal, between Real Betis and Celta Vigo.

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