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Xabi Alonso replaces Seoane as Leverkusen coach

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed the departure of Gerardo Seoane and the appointment of Xabi Alonso as his successor.
Xabi Alonso.
Xabi Alonso.Photo: DONOSTIA KULTURA, Los Caminos del fútbol, CC BY-SA 2.0
After a poor start to the season, Bayer Leverkusen have decided to part company with head coach Gerardo Seoane.

Seoane will be replaced by former Spain international Xabi Alonso, who has penned a two-year deal with 'Die Werkself'.

"Gerardo Seoane has done good work for Bayer 04 over the past one and a half years, above all with the outstanding qualification for the Champions League," commented sporting managing director Simon Rolfes.

"Unfortunately, we have left the path of success. The early exit from the DFB Cup but in particular the current position in the Bundesliga, which does not meet our expectations, has compelled us to change coaches."

Alonso will be officially unveiled as Leverkusen coach at a press conference tomorrow at 11.30 CEST.

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