Former Celta Vigo and Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo has his next La Liga job lined up and will take over as coach at San Mames this summer, replacing Kuko Ziganda in the dugout.
The Argentinian was sacked by Sevilla in December and has been out of work since, but Athletic are now in talks to confirm him as their next manager.
According to MARCA, Berizzo has not been short of offers during his time out of the game with various offers from South America, but would prefer to remain in Spain and is in pole position for the job in the Basque Country.
Athletic have been hugely disappointed with their performances in recent seasons, struggling under Ziganda last season.
Europa League elimination in the last 16 and Copa del Rey humiliation at the hands of third tier relegation battlers SD Formentera did little to help Ziganda’s case, despite being chosen ahead of Berizzo last summer.
The Argentine coach will begin work in the summer ahead of pre-season by evaluating his squad, the B team and the rest of the league in anticipation for the 2018/19 campaign where the expectation will be that the club return to the top six with a place in the Europa League.