Manzano announces Sevilla departure

Gregorio Manzano is leaving as Sevilla coach. Manzano comes off contract next month and won't have the deal renewed.

Gregorio Manzano is leaving as Sevilla coach.

Manzano comes off contract next month and won't have the deal renewed.

He said: "On Monday in a meeting with the president (Jose Maria del Nido) and the sporting director (Monchi) told me that my contract would not be extended, I thanked them for everything they have done for me and for the coaching staff.

"We also want to thank the president, the sporting director and the board for first looking to bring us in, it has been an honour and a source of pride.

"They haven't given me any explanation because I haven't asked for one. When the president decided to change the project I thanked him for having put me in charge, it was not the time to ask for explanations.

"The team finished fifth, in the cup competitions we were knocked out by the eventual winners (Porto in the Europa League and Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey), these are the facts, if these facts haven't been sufficient to renew the contract the only thing to do is to show respect. There is no need to reproach anyone or to question, I want to wish them luck."

Manzano, who said goodbye to the players and other staff yesterday, added: "I came here quietly and I want to go quietly."

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