Gerardo Seoane on Bayer Leverkusen departure: “It hurts and I’m sad.”

On Wednesday evening, Gerardo Seoane was dismissed as Bayer Leverkusen head coach after almost one-and-a-half years. Last season, the 43-year-old led Die Werkself to third in the Bundesliga and therefore a return to the Champions League. On his departure, the Swiss tactician discussed his time at the BayArena.

“It hurts and I’m sad because I very much liked working here. I’m very grateful to the management for the opportunity they gave me here at Leverkusen,” said Seoane.

“Thanks to to the fans who always – even in difficult times – gave us great support. I want my team to use this parting and get back to winning ways as soon as possible. I’m proud that we stuck together right to the end.”

Seoane was replaced by former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso (40), who makes a step up in his management career after coaching Real Sociedad B between 2019 and 2022.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder

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