Sporting Gijon coach Abelardo Fernandez has stepped down from his post but refused any compensation from his hometown club.
Abelardo, 46, native in Gijon, played for the club for five years and took over as head coach in 2014. He lead them into the Spanish top flight in 2015.
But now, the club and the manager have gone their separate ways by ‘mutual consent’ following a poor run of results.
As present, Gijon languishes at 18th place in the Spanish top flight, and with seven losses in their last eight matches. They are also five points adrift from safety.
With three and a half years left on his contract, Abelardo was due a reported €4 million in compensation, but he has turned it down — out of loyalty.
Abelardo has also pledged his help to Sporting in the future.
“I cry for these people, for this club and for the fans, who I love so much,” Abelardo said. “As a Sporting fan, even though I had a contract until 2020, I couldn’t do that [accept compensation] to the club I love.”
“I did the same at other clubs and it wasn’t going to be any different here. I don’t have a problem writing off the money. There are more important things, loyalty to my club above all.”
In Abelardo’s place, Sporting Gijon have appointed Joan Francesc Ferrer, who is also known as “Rubi,” as their new head coach.