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Marcelino Garcia has resigned as coach of Racing Santander, just days after leading the Primera Liga side to a place in the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history.

“Two months ago I met with the president and told him of my decision as I wanted to look for the chance of coaching a bigger club which would have a chance of doing well in bigger competitions,” Marcelino told a news conference.

“In the last few days I was wondering if I should change my decision… but decided not to because once you make up your mind you have to accept the consequences.

“We achieved more than we expected and it was a great experience but maybe things wouldn’t have gone so well if I had stayed for another season.”

Marcelino has been linked with the post of Valencia coach, but the 42-year-old said he had no concrete plans for the future.

“It is going to be difficult for me to start next season coaching,” he said. “For the moment all I’m sure about is that I’m going home.”

Marcelino took charge of Racing after a successful spell at Recreativo Huelva, leading them to promotion to the top flight and followed up last season’s eight-place finish with sixth spot this season.

“It has been a happy time because of the results on the pitch, but it is a sad day because this relationship has come to an end,” said club president Franciso Pernia.

“Marcelino is a great person and a great professional and the door will always be open to him at Racing.”

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