Ramon Rodriguez, ‘Monchi’, has confirmed that he will step down from the board at Sevilla next June, and could leave as sporting director too.
Jose Maria del Nido’s right-hand man was speaking at last night’s shareholders meeting and faced a similarly hot reception to the President, in light of the club’s worsening financial and sporting situation.
Del Nido suggested that the first ever loss under his reign was the result of failing to make the group stages of European competition for three consecutive years, but promised that this season will see the team qualify for the Europa League.
If that target is not met, Monchi confirmed that he will offer his resignation as sporting director in June. The 44-year-old confirmed that he will be stepping down as a board member from the end of the season, regardless.
“My presence on the board will be until June 30, because the season has started and so things must continue,” address Monchi to the shareholders.
“I should clarify that I have made it a condition that we must meet the goals set out. If not, I will put forward my resignation to the President.”
Often outspoken, Monchi can be credited with building the Sevilla squad that achieved back-to-back UEFA Cup wins, two Copa del Reys, one Supercopa de Espana and one UEFA Super Cup.
The director has signed the likes of Julio Baptista, Adriano Correia, Dani Alves, Seydou Keita, Christian Poulsen, Sebastien Squillaci and Gary Medel, and also negotiated the sale at high prices of youth products Sergio Ramos and Jose Antonio Reyes.