La Liga basement side Espanyol sack boss Pablo Machin

Espanyol have confirmed the dismissal of Coach Pablo Machin following Sunday’s loss to fellow relegation battlers Leganes.

Machin's side were comfortably beaten at Butarque on Sunday to leave them five points from safety and now have just two points from their last eight games.

The entire coaching staff of Jordi Guerrero, Jordi Balcells and Carles Martínez have all also departed the Catalan club.

"Espanyol report that Pablo Machin has been relieved of his responsibilities as coach of the men's first team," Espanyol said in a statement.

"The club has taken this decision as a result of the team's performance and with the clear desire to change the team's situation in La Liga."

Machin was famed for guiding Girona to their first ever promotion to the top-flight in 2017 and subsequently led them to a top-half finish using his 3-5-2 formation.

He was then appointed at Sevilla but was dismissed in March following the club’s exit from the Europa League at the Round of 16 stage, while struggling in their aim of a top four league finish.

David Gallego replaced Rubi – now at the helm of Real Betis – this summer but had struggled in his early tenure, with defender Mario Hermoso and striker Borja Iglesias among the star departures from the RCDE Stadium.

The Catalan outfit are currently at the foot of La Liga and have won just twice from their opening 18 matches in the division, losing 12 of those outings.

Espanyol are in the last 32 of the Europa League, where they will face Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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