“I leave with a heavy heart, deep sadness but humility”. With these words José María del Nido left his position as president of Sevilla FC after eleven years. The now ex president thanked all of the clubs employees for their “loyalty and delivery” during his time there.
Visibly emotional on his final day in the job, Del Nido defined it as “unexpected”, adding, “it’s like losing a ventricle from a badly damaged heart. Today I leave the club with a heavy heart, and sadness”.
José María del Nido was accompanied by the first 50 members of the club, employees, veterans, former Sevilla players, the current Sevilla squad lead by Unai Emery and the club’s sporting director Monchi as he stepped down.
He asked for his replacement, who is yet to be officially announced, to be supported, saying that “social peace is indispensible”. Del Nido concluded by explaining “now I leave, but I will carry on. You’ll feel my breath on the back of your neck”.
The lawyer from the city of Seville read a goodbye speech in front of the press after presenting his resignation at a board meeting. Del Nido paid special thanks to the club’s shareholders, Monchi, his technical secretary, and José Castro, Sevilla’s vice-president.