Real Zaragoza sack Marcelino

Struggling La Liga side sack coach after poor run of form leaves them near relegation zone.

    Marcelino's sacking came after Zaragoza lost 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday [EPA]
    Real Zaragoza have dismissed coach Marcelino Garcia Toral following a run of five Primera Liga games without a win.

    Marcelino will leave the struggling Spanish side following a 2-1 defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

    Marcelino becomes the third Spanish league coach to be fired this season after Atletico Madrid coach Abel Resino and Racing Santander's Juan Carlos Mandia.

    The decision by the club board at Romareda Stadium came after Zaragoza's
    winless streak stretched to six matches, including three straight defeats.

    The club are in 17th place with 12 points, two clear of the relegation zone, after returning to topflight football after a season in the second division.

    Poor performance

    "You can't argue against what the results say, they can't be swayed and they definitely play a condition in any decision,'' Zaragoza president Eduardo Bandres said in reference to only three wins in 16 games in all competitions.

    "The balance has been mostly negative.''

    Second team coach Jose Aurelio Gay will take charge of the first team on a temporary basis, Bandres said.

    The 44-year-old Marcelino previously coached at Sporting Gijon, Recreativo Huelva and Racing Santander.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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