Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen has parted ways with coach Gerardo Seoane. The Swiss will be replaced by Xavi Alonso on a contract until June 2024.
Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes said a change of coach could bring the team back on track: ” Gerardo Seoane has been commendable for his work at Leverkusen over the past year and a half. Especially for us to qualify for the Champions League. Unfortunately, we have now deviated from the path of success – an early exit in the German Cup, and the team is currently ranked well below our expectations in the Bundesliga. From our point of view Looking at it, a coaching change is imperative.”
Gerardo Seoane signed a 2-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen on July 1, 2021. He has led the team with 26 wins, 10 draws, and 20 losses in more than one year. However, for Leverkusen’s top management, the team’s poor start to the season was unsatisfactory. After Leverkusen lost 2-0 to Porto in the Champions League yesterday, the club immediately terminated the contract with Seoane ahead of schedule. Chief executive Fernando Caro said there was “no choice” in the decision to fire Seoane.
“Gerardo Seoane has always been respected at the club, both as a coach and as a person,” Carro said. “It’s not easy for us to part ways. However, in our current situation, we don’t think there is any other option.”
Bayer Leverkusen’s new coach will be Xavi Alonso. The 40-year-old Spaniard has been honored as a player, but his independent coaching qualifications are still limited – since 2018, Alonso has only coached the Real Madrid youth team and the Real Sociedad B team. Rolfes explained: “He was a world-class player, a clever strategist, with great success in no less than three of the most demanding European leagues.”
Alonso himself said: “I knew when I was in Germany that Leverkusen is a good club. Bayer Leverkusen always has excellent players, and I also see very high quality in the current squad. “I quickly understood from the talks that the club will continue to pursue ambitious goals, even if the situation is particularly difficult. I am very excited about this task and I am sure that we will live up to this requirement.”