The Ibaraki Golden Golds were eliminated from the Kita Kanto Intercity Tournament Qualifier yesterday when they were beaten by the All Ashikaga Club, 4-0. And while this was supposed to be Kinichi Hagimoto's last year as manager of the team, that no longer appears to be the case.
"It's over... And I really wanted to say goodbye at Tokyo Dome," said Hagimoto. "I won't be around next season, but I feel like people want me back. I'm not taking this uniform off for good, I'm just going to [temporarily] put it away in the dresser."
Seems Hagimoto will be taking a year off and will be returning after that.
It should be noted (especially for those with good memories), that this actually isn't the first time Hagimoto has mentioned putting off his retirement.