Biggleswade United's highly-rated boss Cristian Colas leaves Second Meadow as 'Pep Guardiola of non-league football' seeks new challenge – with Guillem Balague praising him

PUBLISHED: 11:06 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:40 01 May 2018

Former Biggleswade United boss Cristian Colas.

Former Biggleswade United boss Cristian Colas.

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After three years, 163 games, 73 wins and 250 goals Biggleswade United boss Cristian Colas is moving on.

Biggleswade manager Cristian Colas.Biggleswade manager Cristian Colas.

The highly-rated manager at the Second Meadow outfit is looking for a new challenge after leaving with the best wishes of all associated with the club.

The well-respected Colas – who has been labelled the ‘Pep Guardiola of non-league football – said movingly: ”It’s time [to leave] and I need to breathe. To look for a new and exciting challenge – as [United] was.

Biggleswade manager Cristian Colas.Biggleswade manager Cristian Colas.

“The club needs to move forward without me. It’s not about numbers and names it’s about feelings. And I cannot describe them. I hope you understand.”

Colas thanked all his staff including Stuart Bimson and Albert Martinez – who are also leaving.

Cristian Colas. Credit Biggleswade United Cristian Colas. Credit Biggleswade United

He also took time to praise everyone behind the scenes at the club, from the secretary to the chairman to the players and fans.

He also thanked director of football Guillem Balague saying: “The man who bet on me to direct a spectacular project. You [Guillem] have been the club. Gratitude has no end with you.

Biggleswade manager Cristian Colas.Biggleswade manager Cristian Colas.

“I grew up next to you as a coach. And as aperson. That will remain always in my mind. And I will be here for you when you need [it]. Always.”

Balague was fulsome in praise of Colas and his coaching staff, thanking them generously.

Guillem Balague Guillem Balague

He said: “Everyone at Biggleswade United Football Club would like to thank Cristian, Stuart and Albert for the heroic efforts they have put into this club over the past few years and we wish them all the very best for the future.

“Fine coaches, but even finer gentlemen and a confirmation that the two qualities are not mutually exclusive, they have between them helped us to gain the identity that we needed and by which we are now identified.

Guillem Balague at the Nou Camp, home of Barcelona FC. Credit: Guillem Balague.Guillem Balague at the Nou Camp, home of Barcelona FC. Credit: Guillem Balague.

“I felt immediately, even without having met him face to face, that we were on the same wavelength, that he understood what we needed to do which was primarily to raise the level of coaching and to try to improve the club and create a professional setup.

“[Cristian and his staff] should know above everything else they will always have a home here at Second Meadow.”

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