Setien to leave Las Palmas

Las Palmas boss Quique Setien has confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season due to “irreconcilable differences”.

Setien and Las Palmas have been in a standoff over a new contract for some time, and the Coach has now announced his intention to step down once the campaign ends.

“This morning, I announced my decision to end my relationship with Las Palmas at the end of the season,” the 58-year-old said at a Press conference on Saturday.

“A conversation with the President, in which I was pressed to make a decision, urged me to bring it forward.

“Our differences have become irreconcilable and I think that prolonging this situation would’ve affected the team.

“The club’s enthusiasm will be renewed with the arrival of a new Coach, like it’s happened before.

“I’ll never forget that they took me out of unemployment 18 months ago. I’ll always remember these two seasons at Las Palmas, so I’ll be happy when they win and cry when they lose.”

The former Spain midfielder took charge of Las Palmas in October 2015 and guided them to an impressive 11th-place finish last season, their first La Liga campaign since 2002.

Friday’s 1-0 win against Villarreal moved the islanders into the same position, but criticism from the local Press had mounted over his perceived lack of defensive nous.

Several bigger teams in Spain will also be looking for new Coaches in the coming months, with there being possible vacancies at the likes of Valencia, Malaga and Sevilla.

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