Serbia coach Clemente offers to help ailing former club

September 19, 2006

MADRID, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Serbia coach Javier Clemente has offered to help out his former club Athletic Bilbao, after they made a shaky start to the new Primera Liga season.

Clemente, a former Spain coach, was sacked after falling out with Bilbao president Fernando Lamikiz in July, but under new coach Felix Sarriugarte the club are second-bottom with one point from three games.

Fans called for Lamikiz to go after Sunday's miserable 4-1 home defeat to Atletico Madrid.

'If Lamikiz rang tomorrow I would I would have no problems in going to tell him what the problems are, even though he got rid of me,' Clemente told radio Marca.

'If Serbia let me I would help out. Although Sarriugarte is inexperienced he can handle it. He is calm and with the quality in the side I am not worried that they will get relegated.'

Bilbao, who along with Real Madrid and Barcelona are the only sides never to have dropped out of the top flight in Spain, finished 12th last season after a long fight against relegation.