Monchi has informed Sevilla’s board of his desire to step down as sporting director, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The man from Cádiz cites psychological exhaustion, although there has also been tension between the former goalkeeper and José Castro and José María del Nido Carrasco due to the loss of decision-making power at the Andalusian club.
With reported offers coming in from England, the sporting director has told Sevilla of his intention to leave, but Castro and Del Nido Carrasco, according to Diario de Sevilla, have demanded the release clause in his contract. Both are convinced that behind this move is an offer from Unai Emery’s Aston Villa, with whom he formed a successful partnership between 2014 and 2016, winning three Europa Leagues.
The man who has helped the club to 11 titles and 21 finals since 2006 is now attempting to leave the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, which could be an issue for the Europa League winners as the two years he spent at AS Roma coincided with Sevilla’s worst run in recent years, with five coaches in a season and a half.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN