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Athletic Bilbao manager: Fred Pentland is the greatest head coach ever

Fred Pentland is the Athletic Bilbao manager with the most titles in the club’s history. Betimate also provides the list of the other four greatest managers of Athletico as long as the current coach. Read on to figure out more interesting things!
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List of Athletic managers over time

Name

Nat

From

To

Mr. Shepherd

England

1910

1911

Billy Barnes

England

1914

1916

No coach

1916

1919

Billy Barnes

England

1920

May 1921

Jack Burton

England

May 1921

1 December 1921

Juan Arzuaga

Spain

3 December 1921

20 March 1922

Fred Pentland

England

22 March 1922

30 June 1925

Ralph Kirby

England

1 July 1925

30 June 1926

Lippo Hertzka

Hungary

1 July 1926

30 June 1928

Máximo Royo

Spain

1 July 1928

30 June 1929

Fred Pentland

England

1 July 1929

30 June 1933

Patricio Caicedo (es)

Spain

1 July 1933

28 August 1935

José María Olabarría

Spain

28 August 1935

15 January 1936

William Garbutt

England

15 January 1936

30 June 1936

Pedro Birichinaga

Spain

1938

10 November 1939

Roberto Etxebarria

Spain

15 November 1939

30 June 1940

Juan Urkizu (es)

Spain

1 July 1940

10 November 1947

Harry Bagge

England

11 November 1947

30 June 1949

José Iraragorri

Spain

1 July 1949

30 June 1952

Antonio Barrios

Spain

1 July 1952

30 June 1954

Ferdinand Daučík

Czechoslovakia

1 July 1954

30 June 1957

Baltasar Albéniz

Spain

1 July 1957

30 June 1958

Martim Francisco

Brazil

1 July 1958

20 December 1960

Juan Antonio Ipiña

Spain

20 December 1960

30 June 1962

Ángel Zubieta

Spain

1 July 1962

30 June 1963

Juan Otxoantezana

Spain

1 July 1963

30 June 1964

Antonio Barrios

Spain

1 July 1964

30 June 1965

Agustín Gaínza

Spain

1 July 1965

25 October 1968

Rafael Iriondo

Spain

25 October 1968

30 June 1969

Ronnie Allen

England

1 July 1969

15 November 1971

Salvador Artigas

Spain

15 November 1971

30 June 1972

Milorad Pavić

Yugoslavia

1 July 1972

30 June 1974

Rafael Iriondo

Spain

1 July 1974

30 June 1976

Koldo Aguirre

Spain

1 July 1976

30 June 1979

Helmut Senekowitsch

Austria

1 July 1979

15 September 1980

Iñaki Sáez

Spain

15 September 1980

30 June 1981

Javier Clemente

Spain

1 July 1981

20 January 1986

Iñaki Sáez

Spain

20 January 1986

30 June 1986

José Ángel Iribar

Spain

1 July 1986

30 June 1987

Howard Kendall

England

1 July 1987

12 November 1989

Txetxu Rojo

Spain

13 November 1989

30 June 1990

Javier Clemente

Spain

1 July 1990

17 March 1991

Iñaki Sáez

Spain

17 March 1991

25 February 1992

Jesús Aranguren

Spain

25 February 1992

30 June 1992

Jupp Heynckes

Germany

1 July 1992

30 June 1994

Javier Irureta

Spain

1 July 1994

19 March 1995

José María Amorrortu

Spain

20 March 1995

30 June 1995

Dragoslav Stepanović

Yugoslavia

1 July 1995

17 March 1996

José María Amorrortu

Spain

18 March 1996

30 June 1996

Luis Fernández

France

1 July 1996

30 June 2000

Txetxu Rojo

Spain

1 July 2000

30 June 2001

Jupp Heynckes

Germany

1 July 2001

30 June 2003

Ernesto Valverde

Spain

1 July 2003

30 June 2005

José Luis Mendilibar

Spain

1 July 2005

31 October 2005

Javier Clemente

Spain

31 October 2005

30 June 2006

Félix Sarriugarte

Spain

1 July 2006

27 November 2006

Mané

Spain

28 November 2006

18 June 2007

Joaquín Caparrós

Spain

1 July 2007

30 June 2011

Marcelo Bielsa

Argentina

7 July 2011

30 June 2013

Ernesto Valverde

Spain

1 July 2013

25 May 2017

José Ángel Ziganda

Spain

25 May 2017

22 May 2018

Eduardo Berizzo

Argentina

31 May 2018

4 December 2018

Gaizka Garitano

Spain

5 December 2018

3 January 2021

Marcelino

Spain

4 January 2021

Present

After more than 100 years of existence now, Athletic Bilbao have changed more than 50 managers, and 14 of them have at least once led the club to one trophy. Many coaches managed the club in different spells, with Fred Pentland being the longest-serving manager as well as the most successful one. 

Do Athletic Bilbao's managers have to be Basque?

Athletic Bilbao are reputed for their special principle in the recruitment for local players. You can notice that all of their players since the club’s inception are born in the Basque Country, or at least used to be trained in a Basque club. 

Many people think this rule might be applied to their managers too. But in fact, about ⅓ of their head coaches have come from other European countries outside Spain, such as England, Hungary, Germany, France, Argentina, or some other countries. For example, all the four first coaches were English football managers. 

Top five best Athletic Bilbao managers of all time

5. Billy Barnes

Billy Banes, or William Edwin Barnes, was one of the first managers of Athletic. He led the club in two separate stages, from 1914 to 1916 and 1920 to 1921, and brought three titles, all from the Copa del Rey in 1915, 1916, and 1921. This English manager used to play in West Ham United and many other clubs in England and was one of the goal machines while playing at Queens Park Rangers.

4. Ferdinand Daucik

Another Athletic manager who helped the club achieve three titles during his time was Ferdinand Daucik. They won one La Liga title and two Copa del Rey trophies. It was not a surprise after all as Ferdinand used to work with many football clubs as well as national football teams, including the Spanish giant Barcelona between 1950 and 1954. After that, he also managed other top-flight Spanish clubs like Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.

3. Juan Urkizu

Juan Jose Urquizu Sustaeta was the manager of Athletic Bilbao for more than seven consecutive years from 1940 to 1947. Athletic was also the first club where he started his managerial career. He used to play for Real Madrid in his senior playing career but wasn’t really successful. However, Juan did help Athletic win one La Liga title and three Copa del Rey.

2. Javier Clemente

Javier used to be the manager of Athletic in two different spells, from 1981 to 1986, and 1990 to 1991. All the titles that the club obtained under Javier’s tenure were in his first stage, including two consecutive La Liga glories in the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons, one Copa del Rey in 1983-84, and one Supercopa de Espana in 1984. That means in the 1983-84 season, they won a triple of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Supercopa de Espana. He was even rewarded the Don Balon Award- Best La Liga Manager three times, in the 1982-83, 1983-84, and 1986-87 seasons.

Javier Clemente

1. Fred Pentland

Another English manager in the top of the best all-time Athletic Bilbao managers. He brought the most titles to Athletic after two spells being responsible for this club. They won two La Liga titles, and five Copa del Rey. 

Who is the current manager of Athletic Bilbao in the 2021-22 season?

Marcelino Garcia Toral is the manager of Athletic in the 2021-22 season. He was appointed for this position in early 2021 to replace Gaizka Garitano. He started his career in Athletic with a triumph in the Supercopa de Espana in January 2021, as well as the second finish in two consecutive seasons of the Copa del Rey. 

Marcelino Garcia Toral- the current manager of Athletic

He was the La Liga Best Coach in the 2017-18 season while managing Valencia. Therefore, Athletic Bilbao have a promising future with a better position in Spanish football. 

References

Wikipedia



Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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