Garitano joined the first team at Athletic in December 2018, after having been in charge of the club’s B team since July 2017. He led the club in 89 games, including to the yet-to-be-played final of the Copa del Rey.
COMUNICADO OFICIAL I Relevo en el banquillo del Athletic Club 👇
— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) January 3, 2021
Athletic thanked Garitano, a qualified journalist and an open advocate of Basque independence, for the dedication and effort he has shown during his time in charge of the club and wished him all the best for the future.
Athletic Club Bilbao have sacked Gaizka Garitano, despite today's 1-0 win over Elche taking them to 9th. Performances have been below par. A shame, as Garitano is an interesting character with plenty to say: an open advocate of Basque independence and a qualified journalist. https://t.co/gnurti2ZNj
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) January 3, 2021
Athletic were beaten in the Basque derby by Real Sociedad on New Year’s Eve, with the San Sebastian side outshining their historically bigger rivals in recent years.