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Athletic Bilbao Sack Eduardo Berizzo

Athletic Bilbao have sacked coach Eduardo Berizzo and replaced him with B team manager Gaizka Garitano after a dire run of form which has left the Basque club 18th in La Liga.

Bilbao fell to a 3-0 defeat at Levante on Monday, continuing a dreadful spell that has seen them fail to win a league game since the opening day of the season.

The only La Liga side other than Real Madrid and Barcelona never to be relegated from Spain’s top flight, Athletic are now three points from safety with 11 points from 14 games.

‘Athletic Club has decided to end the contract with coach Eduardo Berizzo,’ the club tweeted.

‘From Wednesday December 5 Gaizka Garitano will be in charge of the first team.’

Gaizka Garitano, who has previously coached Eibar in LaLiga Santander and who has been in charge of the B team, will take over first-team duties for the time being.

It is not expected that a new permanent coach will be hired until after the Basque club’s presidential elections are held on December 27.