Oscar Garcia plans to resign following Brighton play-off loss

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Following the 6-2 aggregate defeat to Derby in the play-offs, Oscar Garcia has offered to resign from his post as Brighton & Hove Albion manager.

The Spaniard led the Seagulls to victory in 19 of their 46 games, and secured play-off football in dramatic fashion on the final day of the regular season. Unfortunately, he could not traverse the final steps required to achieve promotion to the Premier League, and, after losing the home leg of the play-offs 2-1, Brighton capitulated in the second leg.

Goals from Will Hughes, Chris Martin, George Thorne and Jeff Hendrick highlighted an inspired performance from the Rams, and, aside from an 89th minute consolation goal from Kazenga LuaLua, Derby showed the ability in the 4-1 victory that could see them promoted to the top flight.

And following the defeat, Sky Sports is reporting that Garcia has offered his resignation to the club.

However, the club have reportedly asked him to think about his decision, with talks concerning his future organised for the coming days.

Although the defeat must be hard to take - especially as the club fell at the same hurdle last season - Garcia's response seems to be a reaction, rather than a though out process. It is no surprise that the club have asked him to delay making a decision, with the post-season calm a better time to work out career plans.

The 41-year old impressed during the season, and his failure to achieve promotion will not diminish the success he has achieved in his first year in English football.

Brighton's opponents Derby have to win one more game to achieve promotion to the Premier League; a Wembley tie with either Wigan or QPR awaits, in the Championship play-off final.

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