Abelardo leaves Alaves; linked to Spain, Real Betis

Alaves have confirmed boss Abelardo Fernandez has left the club after 18 months following the end of the Spanish league season.

Abelardo took over at Alaves in December 2017 and has worked wonders at the Vitoria-based club since, initially leading them to safety before an 11th-place finish this season.

Alaves were holding a top five spot until November and were challenging for a European place until early spring, and only slipped out of the top half of the table on the final day.

“I want to thank the fans for their support, thanks to you, we have been able to dream of things that when I first arrived seemed impossible,” Abelardo told his farewell press conference.

“I will miss many things from here in Vitoria, and the truth is that I have been treated fantastically in this city. I just had to have my family here.”

Abelardo has been linked with replacing the outgoing Quique Setien at Real Betis while recent reports in Marca have suggested he could replace Luis Enrique, who has an ongoing family problem, as Spain boss.

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