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The reign of El Loco at Athletic Bilbao seems to be coming to an end. Though he led the club to a very successful season last year, Bielsa has failed to keep the Basque club on the rise.
Bielsa has also had issues surrounding him for the majority of the season, such as his near exit midway through the summer. It appears as though there really is no way El Loco will be in charge when the next season begins.
Football-Espana has reported that the club has a three man shortlist for coaches next season.
The first option on the list is keeping Marcelo Bielsa himself. However, it is becoming clear that he will not be staying, leading to the club truly having only two coaching options.
Valencia manager Ernesto Valverde found his name on the list as Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has been keen on him for a few years now. Negotiations will not take place until the current season ends, but Valverde will certainly be a very impressive replacement for Bielsa.
The second name on the list, and the one I believe to be the best choice, is Bilbao B manager Cuco Ziganda.
Ziganda is very familiar with the club and will offer and insight to players he is already working with. The club has been going through a youth movement and Ziganda would be just the man to make the most of it.
Marcelo Bielsa has even stated that he believes Ziganda should succeed him (via Football-Espana).
But fans would also enjoy Ziganda taking over due to the retired striker being Basque himself. At this point, there is no answer on the manager situation, but do not expect Bielsa to return.