Espanyol have sacked Coach Sergio Gonzalez and named Constantin Galca as his successor.
The decision to fire the former Spain midfielder came after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Celta Vigo, which left the side to within three points of the relegation zone.
In a statement on Espanyol’s official website, the club thanked Sergio for his “dedication” and setting “a benchmark in commitment and love” at the helm.
Espanyol have also dispensed with his assistants Diego Ribera and Miguel Gomila.
Sergio took charge of Los Periquitos last year, having served their B team for a season, and led them to a respectable 10th in La Liga at the first time of asking.
However, a summer exodus, which included the departures of goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, defender Hector Moreno and captain Sergio Garcia, made for a tough start to 2015-16.
In his place comes his ex-Espanyol teammate Constantin Galca, who arrives fresh from guiding Steaua Bucharest to a domestic treble.
The former Romania international has signed a contract until the end of the season and will kick off his reign at Cornella-El Prat on Tuesday, when his new team play out the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-32 tie with Levante, currently 1-1.