Garcia returns to Maccabi

  • Last Updated: June 3 2014, 9:14 BST

Former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia has returned to Israel to take charge of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Oscar Garcia: Back with Maccabi
Oscar Garcia: Back with Maccabi

The highly-rated Spanish coach was in charge of Maccabi before his move to Brighton last summer.

Garcia impressed with the Seagulls and guided them to the play-offs in his first season.

He was reported to be a target for the likes of Southampton and West Brom, both currently with managers - whilst Sky Sports understands he also had contact with Celtic in the past week.

However, 41-year-old Garcia has now accepted an offer to return to Maccabi - who he guided to the title during his previous 12-month stint with the club.