La Liga

Getafe Fire Michel

Getafe have announced that they have decided not to extend the contract of coach Michel, after the team narrowly avoided relegation this season.

“Jose Miguel Gonzalez Martin del Campo, Michel, will not be in charge of Getafe next season,” the club said in a brief statement on their website. “The coach’s contract expired at the end of this season and in the end, the club decided not to extend it.”

Michel said in a statement:

“After three seasons with happy endings and more than 100 games as coach of Getafe, it is time to end my professional relationship with the club – but not my personal relationship, as I have love and appreciation for this club and I could never forget my time here. The happy circumstances that have surrounded my professional development here make my memory a pleasant and endearing one and now I become a fan again, wherever my career takes me. I would not want to overlook or not publicly acknowledge the huge effort made to keep this club in the Primera Division and I am proud of my contribution and the will, dedication and imagination of the group to get such amazing results.”

Last month, Getafe were taken over by Royal Emirates Group, a Dubai investment firm chaired by Sheikh Butti Bin Suhail Al Maktoum, and have targeted a top-six finish and a place in European competition for next season. They are expected to hire a more high-profile coach to help them achieve those goals.