Athletic Club boss Jose Angel Ziganda will remain in charge until next June, despite a string of poor results, it is understood.
A much needed victory over Malaga at the weekend saw the Basque side move past their 2018 struggles and push themselves back up to 12th in the La Liga standings, but the criticism of Ziganda and the team’s performances this season have questioned the future of both the coach and the club itself.
Ziganda, who has been largely criticised, has a current deal until June 2019, but calls have already been made by the club’s fans to bring in a fresh face at the San Mames.
Wednesday evening’s game against Valencia, who are looking to go third after Real Madrid’s loss to Espanyol; will pose as a massive game for Ziganda and his side.
The 51-year-old coach was handed the Athletic job last summer following a successful stint with Bilbao Athletic, the club’s second string side.
Approaching the game at home to Marcelino’s ever improving Los Che – Ziganda said that his side are capable of finishing in the top half this season.
“Everything happens tomorrow (on Wednesday’s game), the first thing is to win and from then on, we will see, but everything starts tomorrow,” he told reporters.
“We have to be courageous and turn the fans around so that they can be happy and cheer us on. We have to show that we are a brave team.”
Following Wednesday’s game, Athletic travel to Sevilla, before facing French side Marseille in the Europa League next week.