Sanchez Flores to leave Atletico

Sanchez Flores to leave Atletico

Published May. 15, 2011 1:58 p.m. ET

Atletico Madrid coach Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Sanchez Flores will bid farewell to the club's fans in Sunday's Primera Division clash at home to relegated Hercules.

"It's my last game at the Vicente Calderon," the coach said.

"The Atletico fans have always given me their whole support. It will be hard because I will experience strong emotions."


Sanchez Flores, who has been linked with a move to Sevilla, says he hopes to go out on a high by clinching a place in Europe.

"It's a sacred aspiration," he said.

"It seems as if it's a failure to play it (the Europa League), but it's important and players like (Fernando) Torres left the club without knowing what it was like to play in Europe."

Sanchez Flores, who previously coached Valencia and Getafe, enjoyed spectacular success in his first season as he led Atletico to the Europa League and Copa del Rey finals, winning the continental competition against Fulham and losing the domestic title to Sevilla.

A European Supercup also followed with victory over Inter Milan, but this season has been disappointing and the coach has been widely tipped to move on for some time now.