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Oscar Garcia leaves Brighton & Hove Albion

Oscar Garcia's offer to resign as head coach of Brighton & Hove Albion has been accepted by club officials.

Following the recent suggestion that head coach Oscar Garcia had offered his resignation to the Brighton board, the club have announced that the Spaniard has left the club.

Garcia's men lost 6-2 on aggregate in the play-offs to Derby County, and, following the 4-1 second leg defeat at the iPro Stadium, the 41-year old Spaniard offered his resignation to the Brighton board.

Although club officials asked Garcia to delay his decision until post-match feelings had worn off, it has taken just one day for the former Barcelona player to officialy resign.

In an open letter released to fans of the Seagulls, Garcia expressed how proud he was of his team's performances throughout the season, whilst thanking all those involved in the club for making his first season in English football an enjoyable one.

'I would like to thank the Brighton & Hove Albion fans for their tremendous support throughout the past year. I have been proud to be the head coach of your club.

'I am incredibly proud of the players - they have given everything for me, the club, and you, our fans. I have also been pleased to have been able to help a number of the club's young players develop and progress into the first team, and I hope they will play many, many games for Brighton & Hove Albion in the future.

'I would also like to thank staff at the club. The club has a tremendous group of people at all levels – both at the training ground and in the stadium, who care passionately about the Albion and who are desperate for the club to succeed and to progress further. They too have made me very proud.

'I have enjoyed my first experience of English football, and I would like to wish Brighton & Hove Albion and the fans of the club the very best for the future. The club will always have a place in my heart and I hope very soon they will be competing at the top level in English football.'

Although Garcia reportedly told the board he intended to leave weeks ago, the news will come as a shock to followers of the Seagulls, who have now seen two managers leave the club following failure in the play-off semi-finals.

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