Deportivo sack Gaizka Garitano after slipping closer to La Liga drop zone
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 27/02/17 12:50pm
A 4-0 defeat to Leganes proved to be the final straw for Deportivo La Coruna's heirarchy as they decided to sack coach Gaizka Garitano.
The loss, a fourth in a row for the side, leaves Deportivo precariously placed above the drop zone with just two points separating them and Sporting Gijon, who occupy the final spot.
"The administration of Deportivo has taken the decision to terminate the contract of Gaizka Garitano as coach of the team," a statement read.
"The club wants to thank sincerely the coach and his team for their dedication, effort and professionalism they have shown."
Cristobal Parralo, the club's reserve coach, will take training while a replacement is sourced.
Garitano, 41, took over at Deportivo in June 2016, replacing Victor Sanchez, but won just five of his games in charge.
According to Sky Sports' Spanish expert Guillem Balague, the club have entered negotiations with Pepe Mel, though no deal is in place and other candidates are still being considered.
Mel, who parted company with West Brom in 2014 after just 17 games in change, most recently managed Real Betis until he was sacked in January 2016.