Aguirre: Life goes on

Departing Espanyol Coach Javier Aguirre is not feeling too bad about his exit from the Catalan club.

The Mexican’s tenure in Barcelona will come to an end after the Copa Catalunya final in midweek and, speaking at a Press conference after his team’s defeat to Real Madrid, he said he believes it is the right time for him to go.

“I’m leaving because I decided that it was a good time for me to leave,” Aguirre said. “I have been thinking about it for a couple of months.

“We have been working well together. The club and I both feel this is for the best. Sometimes cycles have to finish. There haven’t been any disputes or traumas.

“The history of the club will continue with whoever else arrives and I will now follow my own path.

“We haven’t suffered this season. When I arrived I was told to keep the club up and nothing else. It’s difficult to fight for Europa League or Champions League places. In the cup it’s slightly easier but we had to play Madrid.

“We had a big cushion from the drop zone and that was to our credit. Apart from the last match where people were angry, the other 36 matches before that were comfortable enough.

“I would have liked to finish on a better note and to not give people reason to boo. But it’s not right that 19 home matches should be overshadowed by one.

“It was the typical end of season match in that everything was decided. All I can do is congratulate my players for their professionalism. I’m not sad, I’m not going to die!”

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