Zaragoza coach Irureta stands down after just six games

Source:AFP.com Author:Unknown Date:03/25/14 Click:

ZARAGOZA, Spain (AFP) - Real Zaragoza coach Javier Irureta has decided to stand down after just six league games in charge, he announced at a press conference here on Monday.

Zaragoza have won just four points under the veteran, who took over 42 days ago, and they have slipped down to 17th position, just one place above the relegation zone.

"Four successive defeats have made me lose credibility in the dressing room," explained the 59-year-old Irureta, who is the second most experienced coach in Spanish first division history with 612 games to his name.

Irureta succeeded Victor Fernandez and Ander Garitano, Zaragoza's previous coaches since the start of the season.

He is the eighth Spanish first division coach to leave his position this season, although only the second to resign and follows in the footsteps of Sevilla's Juande Ramos, who left to join English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur.

Zaragoza's fourth coach this season will be 54-year-old Manolo Villanova, who was the coach of Spanish third division side Huesca until Monday.

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