Bilbao name Berizzo as new manager

Atletic Bilbao have appointed former Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo as their new head coach after a season of struggle in La Liga.

Bilbao sacked Jose Angel Ziganda last month just one year into his tenure after Ernesto Valverde’s replacement could only lead the club to a 16th place finish last season.

Berizzo has now been handed the opportunity to turn around Bilbao’s fortunes. The 48-year-old was dismissed by Sevilla in December, despite returning to work just weeks earlier following prostrate surgery.

“For me it’s an honour to be here, to defend those common values ​​that we have,” Berizzo said.

“I appreciate all the confidence you’ve given me here, I hope to make Athletic better and have a defined style.

“I want to belong and be part of the Athletic philosophy, there is also a technical part and a sentimental part for the amount of people who have advised me to come here.”