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Eibar next manager after José Luis Mendilibar
Who is Eibar manager José Luis Mendilibar?
José Luis Mendilibar is the current SD Eibar manager after having been appointed in June 2015. Mendilibar was born on 14 March 1961 in Zaldibar. Mendilibar previously played football in midfield for Spanish clubs such as Sestao, Lemona and Athletic Bilbao’s reserve team.
Mendilibar started his playing career in midfield at Athletic Bilbao’s reserve team in 1979. He made 105 competitive appearances for the club scoring 14 goals. However, he failed to ever break into the first team and therefore moved to Logroñés in 1982 where he stayed at the club for 3 seasons making 88 appearances and scored 11 goals. He then moved on to Sestao in 1985 where he spent 8 seasons at the club making 275 appearances. In 1993 he moved to Lemona where he played for a single season before retiring in 1994.
After retiring in 1994, José Luis Mendilibar went straight into management as he took on the manager job at Arratia. However, he returned to Athletic Bilbao in 1996 as a youth team manager and then the reserve team manager in 1999. Mendilibar then moved on to Basconia, Aurrerá and Lanzarote.
Mendilibar enjoyed a stint at his boyhood club Athletic Bilbao’s first team manager in 2005. Mendilibar then moved to Valladolid in 2006 where he gained promotion to the Spanish first division in his opening season. However, he was sacked in February 2010 after a run of poor results. He then moved on to Osasuna in 2011 and Levante in 2014 before rejoining Eibar for a second stint.
In June 2015, Mendilibar was appointed as the new manager of Eibar following his previous successful stint in the 2004-05 season where he narrowly missed out on promotion to the Spanish top flight. In his 4 seasons at the club, Mendilibar led the club to a 14th, 10th, 9th and 12th placed finishes along with a quarter final appearance in the Copa del Rey in the 2016-17 season. This season, Eibar will want to have another successful season finishing in mid table after enjoying a solid transfer window where they’ve brought in Spanish players such as Edu Expósito, Quique, Pedro Bigas and Roberto Olabe for a combined fee of £15m. However, they’ve lost star midfielder Joan Jordán to Sevilla for £13m and will be desperate to replace him as soon as possible before the season starts.