Marcelino, one of the most consistent coaches in Spanish football but seen by some as a divisive character, is back in the fold after 16 months off and is ready to stamp his authority on an Athletic Bilbao side in need of a shake-up.

A coach since 1997, Marcelino has had success at practically every club he has taken charge of, leading three sides to promotion to La Liga, two into the Europa League and one into the Champions League.

He also won the 2019 Copa del Rey with Valencia, beating Barcelona in the final, after securing back-to-back top-four finishes with the team – but was sacked early the following season after falling out with owner Peter Lim.

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Non-sporting reasons also led to him leaving Villarreal after reaching the 2016 Europa League semifinals, with Spanish media reports…

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