Coach Marcelo Bielsa to take over Athletic Bilbao

Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa will take over the helm of

Athletic Bilbao after new club president Josu Urrutia won club

elections on Thursday.

Urrutia announced during the campaign that he would replace

coach Joaquin Caparros with Bielsa.

”We expect (Bielsa) to arrive on Sunday,” Urrutia said, adding

that he had not spoken to the new coach about changes to the


”Bielsa hasn’t asked for any players, but he said that the

coach always wants more,” Urrutia said. ”We don’t have a lot of

time, so we will have to hurry to make decisions.”

Bilbao will play in the Europa League this season after Caparros

led the team to a sixth-place finish in the Spanish league. After

the vote, the Spanish manager said ”Thanks to all the fans of

Athletic for the four years we have spent together.”

Bielsa guided Chile to the round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup.

His only prior experience in Europe was coaching Espanyol for six

games in the 1998-99 season.

Urrutia, a former Bilbao player, beat standing president

Fernando Garcia Macua in a record turnout for the Basque club.

Bilbao’s squad is made made up entirely of homegrown Basque