Madrid, March 31 (IANS) Sevilla football club has suffered a huge setback with the confirmation that the Director of Sport Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, better known as "Monchi", will be leaving the club.
Former goalkeeper Monchi became Sevilla's Director of Sport after retiring as a player in 2000. He earned a reputation for finding quality players at low prices in foreign markets and then being able to sell them for a huge profit, while at the same time discovering replacements to maintain Sevilla's competitiveness, reports Xinhua news agency.
Monchi was responsible for the signing and later sale of footballers such as Dani Alves, Julio Cesar Baptista, Seydou Keita, Ivan Rakitic and Carlos Bacca, to name just a few, meanwhile others such as Sergio Ramos, Jose Antonio Reyes and Jesus Navas graduated through the Sevilla youth system before later being sold for sizable transfer fees.
The fact that Sevilla have been so successful in Europe in recent years, winning the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Europa League titles and the UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007, is as much down to the signings made by Monchi as it is the work of coaches such as Unai Emery and Juande Ramos.
The club confirmed Monchi's departure with a message on its official website and will now have to start the search to replace a man who has become hugely respected in the Spanish game and whose boots will be very difficult to fill.