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Berizzo willing to accept one-year deal with Athletic Club

The Argentinean is the big favourite to take over from José Ángel Ziganda this summer. Asier Garitano and Thomas Tuchel have fallen behind.

Berizzo con el chándal del Sevilla.

Eduardo Berizzo continues to weigh up his options while he plots his return to coaching after having overcome his health problems. He's the leading candidate to take the reins at Athletic Club where José María Amorrortu feels he is the ideal man to take over the reins from José Ángel Ziganda. The two other candidates for the job are more or less ruled out: Thomas Tuchel, who is being chased by PSG and Arsenal, looks impossible while Asier Garitano is expected to stay on for another season with Leganés.

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Athletic offer Berizzo a one-year contract

Berizzo, who previously held coaching positions at Celta and Sevilla, has been out of work since December 2017. To great surprise, he was ceremoniously sacked by Sevilla just days after undergoing prostate cancer surgery before Christmas. Now back in good health, he is keen to return to coaching and negotiating with Athletic, who are offering a one-year contract - Cadena SER report. It's a proposal which appeals to the 48-year-old, who fancies the challenge of guiding the Bilbaínos back into Europe.

Ziganda gives instructions to De Marcos during the weekend's 1-1 draw with Celta.
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Ziganda gives instructions to De Marcos during the weekend's 1-1 draw with Celta.Ion Alcoba Beitia©GTRESONLINE

Next year's elections in Bilbao

Athletic will be holding presidential elections in February 2019 which means that they are only able to offer a contract for one-season to any incoming coach. Berizzo was Amorrortu's preferred choice for the post last summer, but in the end Josu Urrutia plumped for Ziganda, who is under contract until June 2019.


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