Espanyol sack Pochettino – report

Reports in Spain are indicating that Espanyol have sacked Mauricio Pochettino as Coach, with the club currently sitting in 20th place in La Liga.

Pochettino’s position was thought greatly at risk two weeks ago when a four-game unbeaten run in La Liga was unceremoniously ended with a 3-0 home defeat to bottom club Osasuna.

Reports indicated that the club would not take a decision until after the presidential elections, but with Collet confirmed in the role last midweek, Los Pericos’ slip down to 20th after two further defeats saw speculation return to the Coach.

Yesterday’s 2-0 reverse to Getafe saw the Argentine declare his intention to stay on, but Collet has reportedly moved on Monday morning to end his four-year tenure in charge of the first team.

After reports that the President held an emergency meeting on Sunday to determine the direction of the club, El Periodico are running the line on Monday morning that the club have now dismissed 40-year-old Pochettino, who has been in charge at the club since 2009 and also spent eight years at Cornella-El Prat across two spells as a player.

Names such as Javier Aguirre, Marcelino Garcia and Paulo Sousa have been rumoured as options for Collet to call in as a replacement.

Pochettino’s annual salary of €1.8m is seen as a potential stumbling block, with the club’s economic situation leading to suggestions that they will ask the Coach to forego any compensation due.

An official announcement on the Coach is expected before this afternoon, when he is otherwise due to take training from 4.30pm UK time.

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