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Soccer-Villarreal coach Floro quits

MADRID, Feb 23 - Benito Floro resigned as coach of
Villarreal on Monday, a day after a 4-1 defeat at Real Zaragoza
saw the club drop out of the European qualification places.

The club confirmed that Floro would give a news conference
later on Monday to explain his surprise decision.

Villarreal finished last season in 15th place but after
making several big-name signings, including Juan Roman Riquelme
and Sonny Anderson, they spent much of the first half of the
current campaign challenging for a Champions League slot.

Their form has dipped recently but they remain in eighth
place, with 36 points from 25 matches.