Sporting sack Manolo, hire Sandoval

Sporting Gijon have dispensed with Manuel Sanchez Murias as Coach and have confirmed Jose Ramon Sandoval as his replacement.

The recently relegated side from Asturias are currently languishing at the wrong end of the table in La Segunda, after picking up just two wins from their opening nine fixtures.

As a result of this and a midweek Cup exit, the club confirmed today that the tactician commonly known as Manolo has been sacked.

“The board have taken this decision with deep regret and pain of having to remove a professional who is a working example in honesty and dedication, aspects that developed him as a player and still managed to increase much more as a Coach,” read a statement posted on the club’s official website.

“This is why it costs so much to make this decision, which is absolutely necessary given the sporting situation of the first team.”

Sandoval [pictured], who took Rayo Vallecano back to La Primera and last season managed to successfully keep them up on the final day of the season, was soon after named as the new boss.

It is speculated that for a number of weeks now the 44-year-old has had an agreement to step in and become the club’s fifth Coach – fourth full-time – of the past 12 months.

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