Maccabi TA manager quits over safety fears

Maccabi Tel Aviv manager Oscar Garcia has decided to leave the team just three months after returning to it due to the security situation in Israel, British media are reporting.

Two English soccer clubs, Leeds United and Fulham FC, are reportedly considering hiring Garcia.

Garcia left Maccabi in 2013 after leading it to victory in the national championship, but returned to the Israeli team last May after just 11 months managing England’s Brighton Seagulls.

According to the media reports, Garcia is leaving Maccabi “amid concerns for his family’s safety” due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza and rocket fire on Tel Aviv.

“His family left Tel Aviv to return to Spain a few days ago but he stayed to give the club time to appoint a successor. Maccabi are expected to announce Pako Ayestaran, former No.2 to Rafael Benitez at Liverpool, as Oscar’s replacement at a press conference today,” the Brighton news site The Argus reports.

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