Manager Asier Garitano and Leganés will part ways at the end of the season. Leganés sent out a press release confirming that the manager’s five-year stint at the club will be coming to an end.
Garitano took over the club when they were in the Segunda Division B. With him at the helm, the club earned promotion to the Segunda Division and in 2016 earned promotion to Spain’s top flight for the first time in club history.
He also led the club on a historic run in this season’s Copa del Rey. Leganés made it all the way to the semifinals, eliminating Real Madrid in the process by beating them 2-1 at the Bernabeu.
La Liga’s official Twitter account also highlighted those achievements when posting about his departure.
"DE GARITANO AL CIELO"
¡Se va el entrenador del mejor @CDLeganes de la HISTORIA!
— LaLiga (@LaLiga) May 8, 2018
His sporting accomplishments aside, the club also highlighted Garitano’s, “commitment, honesty, and his ability to integrate not only the values of the club and its fans but of the city as a whole.”
The 48-year-old will have his fair share of suitors in the summer with clubs like Real Sociedad, Espanyol, and Sevilla having vacancies in that department.
His time at the club is best summed up in the club’s press release where it says,
“Named the ‘Adoptive son’ of the city by the Leganés City Council, Asier Garitano leaves an indelible memory in his friends, players, technical staff, workers, the board, and especially the fans who he has made very happy taking them to new heights with respect, ambition, and a lot of hard work.”
The soon-to-be ex-manager of Leganés will hold a press conference to discuss his decision to leave the club on Wednesday.
The club currently sits in 17th place, but are safe from any relegation threat. His final game at the helm will be at home against Real Betis so he and the fans will have one last chance to say goodbye.