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Amicable spilt for Michel and Getafe

Former Getafe boss Michel insists he will continue to be a fan of the club despite parting company with the Azulones on Monday after they decided against renewing his contract.

Michel, 48, ended his two-year spell with Getafe having helped them narrowly avoid relegation from La Liga in an eventful 2010-11 campaign, which saw the club controversially taken over by the Dubai-based Royal Emirates Group.

But the former Real Madrid midfielder, who guided Getafe to a sixth-place finish and Europa League football in his first season, says the spilt with the club has been an amicable one.

Michel said in a statement: "After three seasons with happy endings and more than 100 games as coach of Getafe, it is time to end my professional relationship with the club - but not my personal relationship, as I have love and appreciation for this club and I could never forget my time here.

"The happy circumstances that have surrounded my professional development here make my memory a pleasant and endearing one and now I become a fan again, wherever my career takes me.

"I would not want to overlook or not publicly acknowledge the huge effort made to keep this club in the Primera Division and I am proud of my contribution and the will, dedication and imagination of the group to get such amazing results.''

Getafe's new owners, Royal Emirates Group, are believed to have set their sights on European qualification next term and want a more high-pofile coach to help them achieve that aim.


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