Sanchez blames rain for Almeria sacking

MADRID - Hugo Sanchez has blamed a freak rain storm during Almeria's 4-1 home defeat by Athletic Bilbao last month for helping to precipitate his sacking as coach of the struggling La Liga club.

"I also had bad luck," Sanchez, dismissed on Sunday after a 2-0 loss at Espanyol left the Andalusians one point above the relegation places, said in an interview with Marca sports daily.

"For example, it never rains here and the day of the Athletic match it was bucketing down," the Mexican added.

"They put three past us from set pieces and we lost badly."