Brighton and Hove Albion have accepted the resignation of head coach Oscar Garcia following their 4-1 Play-Off Semi-Final defeat to Derby County.

The Spaniard met with the Seagulls' board on Monday, less than 24 hours after their loss, having 'decided to move on' and his formal offer of resignation was accepted.

That comprehensive 6-2 aggregate defeat to the Rams meant Brighton have tasted defeat in the play-off semi-finals for the second successive year and the search now begins for their second manager in less than 12 months.

Garcia told the club's official website: "The club has been aware of my thoughts for several weeks and during this time I have had discussions with both the chairman, Tony Bloom, and chief executive, Paul Barber.

"I have enjoyed my time with the club but, although I do not have any immediate plans, I have decided to move on.

"I'm very proud of this season with Brighton. The Championship is a very difficult and competitive league but our record this season has been very good. I wish Brighton every success for the future.

"The club will always have a place in my heart and I hope very soon they will be competing at the top level in English football."

Chairman Tony Bloom added: "We are extremely grateful to Oscar for his efforts this past year, and for providing us with another exciting and memorable season at the club."