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Javier Clemente leaves Sporting

Javier Clemente has left his post as coach of  Sporting de Gijón, just four days after claiming he would like to continue at the helm of the Asturian club.

The club announced the departure of the 62-year-old today in a statement on its official website: “At the end of the season, Javier Clemente has decided to put an end to his stay at Real Sporting,” the statement read.

It continued: “The club would like to express its gratitude for the work he has carried out, in which he put all his effort, determination and knowledge.”

Sporting were relegated last weekend despite some spirited performances under the former Athletic and Spanish national team boss. Speaking after the 1-0 defeat at Malaga on Sunday, Clemente replied “Yes” when he was asked: ‘would you like to continue as manager of Real Sporting?” by a local journalist.

The Basque was only in charge of Sporting for 16 games, leaving with a record of five wins, eight losses and three draws.

Sporting also used the statement to announce Clemente’s successor. Manolo Sánchez, former Sporting ‘B’ manager, will hope to lead the team to a return to La Primera next season. He will be unveiled as manager next Tuesday.

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