Espanyol sack coach for third time this season
BARCELONA (SPAIN) – Espanyol said on Saturday they have sacked coach Abelardo Fernandez, the third manager they have fired this season, as they struggle to extend their 26-year stay in La Liga.
Fernandez came in December after David Gallego and Pablo Machin were dismissed. But despite a positive start since play resumed following a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday’s 1-0 rout at Real Betis proved the last straw.
“Espanyol announce that Abelardo Fernandez has been relieved of his duties as first team coach,” the Barcelona club said in a statement.
“This decision has been taken due to the team’s recent performances and with the clear aim of keeping the club in the top flight.”
The club added in a later statement that sporting director Francisco Rufete would assume charge of the team for the remainder of the season. His first game is a daunting home fixture on Sunday against La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
Out of 13 matches, Fernandez earned three victories and five draws as well as five defeats. He leaves Espanyol at the bottom of the table on 24 points, eight from escaping the relegation zone with seven matches remaining.
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