Maccabi Tel Aviv have announced the departure of head coach Oscar Garcia, who has decided to leave the club after one season for personal reasons.
Maccabi Tel Aviv sports director Jordi Cruyff paid tribute to Oscar Garcia, who guided the team to the Israeli National Championship, and promised the club will do their best to find a suitable replacement for the 40-year-old Catalan.
"We have had a very successful season with Oscar," Cruyff told the clubs' official website. "Obviously it will be difficult for all Maccabi fans to hear that Oscar is leaving. To win a championship in your first season, and in such a convincing manner, is far from easy. But knowing Oscar as long and as well as I do, I never had any doubt he could do the job. Oscar will always be part of Maccabi Tel Aviv's history and I am convinced that Maccabi fans will always look back upon him with admiration and pride knowing he began his senior coaching career in the Yellow and Blue of Maccabi Tel Aviv. Now it's our job to find the right man who can build on what Oscar has brought to this club."
Cruyff added: "The coaching staff will remain at Maccabi for the time being as we continue our search for the right replacement, who will inherit a strong team of players that won the National Championship this past season". In the meantime, potential candidates will continue to be monitored with no specific deadline set for an appointment.