Almeria sack Sanchez

MADRID - Almeria sacked coach Hugo Sanchez on Sunday after the 2-0 La Liga defeat by fellow strugglers Espanyol, the club said on their website.

"The president of the club Alfonso Garcia and vice-president Ricardo Martinez met for an hour with the coach and his number two after the game at Espanyol's stadium," the club said in a statement.

"After analysing the situation of the team, the president informed Hugo Sanchez and Sergio Egea they were sacked from their posts."

The former Real Madrid and Mexico striker, who replaced Gonzalo Arconada at the helm a year ago, had been under pressure with the team slumping to 17th in the standings, one point above the relegation places.

He led them to an 11th-placed finish last season, but they have struggled in the current campaign.

Almeria have taken only four points from their last eight games and were humbled in the King's Cup by second division Hercules last month, losing 3-1 on aggregate after defeats home and away.

The defeat to Espanyol, who had lost five on the trot without scoring a goal before Sunday's game, proved the final straw.