Manolo Marquez has resigned as coach of Spanish top-division football club Las Palmas only after spending three months as in-charge, the Liga club made the announcement on Tuesday. The decision comes in the wake of Las Palmas’ 2-0 home loss against CD Leganes.

Marquez had taken over the charge of club in July following Quique Setien’s departure, who had quit from his position at the end of last season to take over at Betis. His appointment had come as a surprise due to his lack of top-flight experience.

Marquez will however continue to be associated with the club and will be handed new responsibilities, a statement by Las Palmas said.

“Manolo Marquez presented his resignation as coach of Las Palmas. Marquez will continue to be linked to the club, with new responsibilities in the youth and recruitment departments. Juan Carlos Valeron and Paquito Ortiz will continue in charge of the first team until the club announces the arrival of the new coach,” Las Palmas said in a statement.

Marquez is the third first team coach to have quit this Spanish season following the sacking of Luis Zubeldia by Alaves and Monday’s sacking of Fran Escriba by Villarreal. He will appear before the press later on Tuesday to explain his decision.

Las Palmas are currently placed at 15th position in La Liga standings after four defeats and two wins. They will now clash with league leaders Barcelona on Sunday. Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are closely following Barcelona in the table with four wins each.

First Published | 26 September 2017 6:03 PM
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