Mallorca sack coach Joaquin Caparros

Madrid, Feb 5 (IANS) Spanish Primera Liga football club FC Mallorca has decided to sack coach Joaquin Caparros following a disastrous run of results.

Sunday's 0-3 defeat away to Real Sociedad means that Mallorca have won just one of their last 17 matches, taking just six points from a possible 51.

Caparros leaves Mallorca with the club second from bottom of the Primera Liga with just 17 points from 21 games and four points from safety, Xinhua reports.

The most worrying thing for Mallorca is that the club had enjoyed a positive start to the campaign and was in the top-four with 11 points from their first five games of the campaign.

The club were then hit by a series of injuries, but with the majority of the squad available results have failed to improve and the club confirmed the decision to sack Caparros, who replaced Michael Laudrup last season, making him the sixth Primera Liga coach to be sacked this season.

The former Villarreal, Sevilla, Deportivo la Coruna and Athletic Club Bilbao boss follows Juan Antonio Anquela, (Granada), Mauricio Pochettino (Espanyol), Mauricio Pellegrino (Valencia), Michel Gonzalez (Sevilla) and Jose Luis Oltra (Deportivo la Coruna) in the list of out of work coaches.

Speaking after his dismissal, Caparros said he was confident his now former club would avoid relegation and spoke of his close relationship with the board of directors, before blaming the injury crisis for the current situation.

"We have had seven players with serious injuries and that ruined all of our plans. The team was well planned, but the numbers are all there," he commented.

Former Getafe and Real Madrid coach, Berndt Schuster is among the early favourites to replace Caparros and maximum shareholder Llorenc Serra Ferrer confirmed Caparros' replacement would be named by Tuesday.

--Indo-Asia News Service

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