Athletic Bilbao have promoted Jose Angel "Cuco" Ziganda to head coach following the departure of Ernesto Valverde.
Ziganda has been in charge of the club's reserves since 2011 and was considered the leading candidate to replace Valverde, a reported target for Barcelona.
A club statement said: "Jose Angel Ziganda will be the new coach of Athletic Club for the next two seasons."
Ziganda, 50, played for Athletic for seven seasons before returning to hometown club Osasuna and going on to coach them...
Ernesto Valverde has said he "cannot confirm" reports that he will become the next coach of Barcelona.
Less than 24 hours after Athletic Bilbao announced that Valverde would not continue for a fifth season in charge, the 53-year-old sat alongside Athletic president Josu Orrutia to explain his decision to leave.
Asked about Barcelona's reported interest in signing him, he said: "I cannot confirm it, I'm sorry."
Valverde is reported to be the leading candidate to succeed Luis Enrique after the Barca...
Athletic Bilbao have announced that coach Ernesto Valverde, who has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, is leaving the club.
According to multiple reports, Valverde has already agreed a deal to replace outgoing boss Luis Enrique in the managerial hot seat at the Nou Camp for next season, with the Catalan giants set to reveal their new coach next Monday.
Valverde's contract with Athletic Club was already set to expire.
A brief club statement read: "Ernesto Valverde will not continue as coach...