Relegation-threatened Athletic fires coach Eduardo Berizzo

December 4, 2018

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 11, 2017, Celta's head coach Eduardo Berizzo during the Europa League semifinal second leg soccer match against Manchester United in Manchester, England. Spanish Basque Country soccer club Athletic Bilbao announced Tuesday Dec. 4, 2018, has fired coach Eduardo Berizzo after the team won only two of its 15 matches this season. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, FILE)

MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Athletic Bilbao has fired coach Eduardo Berizzo after the team won only two of its first 15 matches this season.

The Basque Country club made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after a 3-0 loss at Levante in the Spanish league.

The result kept the Athletic winless in 13 league matches, inside the relegation zone. Its only league win was against Leganes in the first round.

Athletic’s other win this season was 4-0 against Huesca in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey last Wednesday.

Berizzo, an Argentine coach who was in his first season, leaves the club in 18th place in the league standings with 11 points from 14 matches.

Athletic said Gaizka Garitano, who had been coaching the club’s “B″ team, will take charge of the main squad.


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