Garitano rewarded with Athletic contract extension after reaching Copa final

Athletic Bilbao is through to the Copa del Rey final against Real Sociedad and has handed head coach Gaizka Garitano a new deal.

Gaizka Garitano

Athletic coach Gaizka Garitano was appointed until the end of the 2018-19 campaign when Eduardo Berizzo was sacked with the team in relegation trouble after 14 matches.   -  Getty Images

Gaizka Garitano has seen his Athletic Bilbao contract extended by another season after guiding the Basque club to the Copa del Rey final.

Garitano – previously Athletic's reserve coach – was appointed until the end of the 2018-19 campaign when Eduardo Berizzo was sacked with the team in relegation trouble after 14 matches.

The former Real Sociedad midfielder took Athletic up the table and into European contention to earn the opportunity to continue in the role for 2019-20.

And another impressive outing has seen Garitano secure a further 12-month extension.

Athletic endured a three-month winless run earlier this term but was 10th in LaLiga when the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Crucially, Garitano's side had also reached a mouthwatering all-Basque Copa decider against rival Real Sociedad.

"I am very happy for the confidence shown in me by the club," the coach said.

"This is the team that I have followed since childhood, from my heart. Running it is a joy and a responsibility.

"The experience lived this year in the Copa is magnificent and we have the opportunity to win a title. You have to stick with the positive things and try to improve."

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