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Uriarte, Barkala and Arechabaleta compete for the Presidency of Athletic, in elections with no clear favorite

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Euskaraz irakurri: Uriarte, Barkala eta Arechabaleta, lehian Athleticeko Presidentetzarako, faboritorik gabeko hauteskundeetan

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Jon Uriarte, Ricardo Barkala and Iñaki Arechabaletalocated in that order simply by the number of endorsements they presented weeks ago, when they made their candidacies official, opt this Friday, June 24, to succeed Aitor Elizegi at the helm of Athletic Club and thus become the thirty-third person who accesses the Presidency of the entity.

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They will be measured in elections who are presented without a clear favourite, and who arrive after a campaign that has been tense at times and has brought in important surprises in the last days. One of them has been the entry into it of Ernesto Valverde, who is the coach who would take charge of the men’s first team in the event that two of the competing candidates win, specifically that of Uriarte or Barkala. Valverde, coach with six seasons as coach of Athletic (he is the one who has directed the lions the most games from the bench), has Marcelo as his rival for the technical direction Bielsa, confirmed, as already predicted, by Iñaki Arechabaleta, in case of winning the victory; Bielsa also has experience as a rojiblanco coach, between 2011 and 2013.

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That of the coach of the men’s team is not the only asset that each candidacy plays. According to the three in the continuity of Iraia Iturregi as coach of the women’s team, Óscar Perarnau is the person chosen by Arechabaleta to hold the position of director of football, while Ricardo Barkala has Ramón Planes. Jon Uriarte had closed an agreement with Carlos Aviña, but, hours after presenting it, he announced his decision to do without him, due to a series of controversial tweets launched a few years ago.

On the last afternoon of the campaign, with only a few hours to go before the polls open, the last surprise has arrived: Ricardo Barkala’s candidacy has announced that, if he obtains the majority support of the members, the Next Monday he will pay the 22 million termination clause that appears in the contract of the Osasuna player Jon Moncayola, and that they will try to sign the Real Madrid footballer Nahikari García, who has a valid contract.

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As he stated in an interview with the club’s media, Arechabaleta he wants to make Athletic “strong and sustainable”, so as not to “lose the talent” created in Lezama, “the cornerstone” of his sports project. The candidate will promote a “cohesive and inclusive” social project, considering the members the “true owners” of the club.

Barkala He has asked the electorate to “value” the “experience in management and love for Athletic” that he and his entire team bring. According to his candidacy, the operation of the club will be based on “three basic pillars that are known throughout the world”: the “sports philosophy”, “the social model” and the “social impact” that Athletic has. Former red-and-white player Ainhoa ​​Tirapu will be in charge of the women’s area if Barkala finally wins at the polls.

jon Uriarte considers that “Athletic is a club with an incredible history, and very strong values ​​and philosophy”, but warns that “it is falling behind”.

Election day, which will take place for the first time in San Mamés, begins at 9:00 a.m. and will last until 9:00 p.m., when the count will begin. At the end of the day, the identity of the new president of Athletic will be official.


Source: Eitb

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