Garitano returns to Eibar
Gaizka Garitano will become in the next few hours the new coach of the Eibar. The deriotarra technician is the man chosen by César Palacios to replace José Luis Mendilibar on the armourer bench. As this newspaper has learned, the negotiations are closed and the announcement of the return to Ipurúa of the coach of the two consecutive promotions is imminent. Gaizka returns home and will do it accompanied by his inseparable Patxi Ferreira.
The name of Garitano was on the table even before Palaces take over the Sports Directorate. He was not the only technician the Council had probed. ‘Bolo’, Iraola and Ziganda had also sounded strongly. But Garitano has been imposed in the casting and will be the technician of the Eibar the next campaign in Second. The Biscayan returns to a club that maintains the values he had in his previous stage, but that has nothing to do with how he left it in the summer of 2015 due to the brutal growth he has experienced.
The first mission of Palaces was to find a substitute for Beg. The Navarrese wanted the new tenant of the Ipurúa bench to be a person who knew the house. Nobody better than Garitano. The deriotarra made history by achieving two consecutive promotions from Second B to First eight years ago and now he will try to raise the gunsmith team to the highest category. He will do it with far more resources than he had in his day, when the Eibar touched the sky with a template designed at virtually zero cost.
Since leaving Ipurúa, Garitano has trained at Valladolid, Deportivo, Bilbao Athletic and Athletic, from which he was fired on January 3. Getting the rojiblanco team into the Cup final is the great achievement they have achieved over the seven years in which they have been out of the Eibar. Now he returns to a place where he is loved, where he will always be one of the greats for what he achieved. The Eibar will make it official very soon and Gaizka will go to work side by side with Palaces to design a template that will target promotion to First.