It was to be expected. He has been with Eva longer than anyone and without a break. It doesn't matter how much you love something, it's been more than twenty years, and it's to be expected he wants to broad his horizonts now and leave Eva already. I remember he said something in another interview some years ago in the lines of 'if you begin something, you must finish it'. So now the manga is finished...
It makes me sad of course because of my love for Eva, but I'll always be looking forward seeing something from him, as I've enjoyed many things where he had been involved into.
This actually makes me curious. Based off of this interview, Sadamoto doesn't seem to be involved in the new FLCL series (yet), however, the press release announcing the new series (back in March) claims that he is indeed already attached to the project: https://www.turner.com/pressroom/turner ... eries-flcl
Sadamoto actually has no idea if he's going to be or not, if we take into account his words in some of the interviews (I've seen three of them at this point, was quite interesting to read that he used some of his own experiences for the end of the Eva manga, or that the Mari's raburabu~ story with Yui was an intentional effect because it'd be interesting) he gave when he was around here in Granada:
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Staff: Barely a month ago it was announced the production for a FLCL sequel (...) What will be your rol in this continuation?
YS: To this day I still haven't been told what will be my job exactly, so at this moment I don't know what am I going to do. The original series were done by both Gainax and I.G, but this time Gainax won't be involved, only I.G. I asked them and they told me that maybe they'll be using my character designs, but in that case my name should be appear in the credits. That's all I know right now.
Translated from: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2 ... de-granada
Edit: Well, I just noticed that question in this interview is similar to the one from the main post. Silly me! I've read more than one interview lately, so my head's a mess. But I guess I can leave the translation to make a comparison between both of them. There are also different questions, like the shirobako one, just in case someone wants to take a look in this one. I can look for the other ones too and/or translate them, if someone's interested.