Osasuna sack coach after three matches

Osasuna sack coach after three matches
Three strikes and you're out: Osasuna's poor start to the season has already coach José Luis Mendilibar his job. Photo: José Jordan/AFP
Spanish side Osasuna fired their coach José Luis Mendilibar on Tuesday after a disappointing start to the season left them bottom of La Liga, the club said.

"We have analysed the play and results of the first three matches of this season along with nine games of last season and we have come to this decision," the club's president Miguel Archanco said in a statement.

It was the first sacking of a manager in Spain's top flight this season.

The club's board took the decision "unanimously", the statement said.

Archanco said the club had four possible replacements in mind, but did not name them. He added that assistant coach Alfredo Sanchez will take charge until one is chosen.

Mendilibar's sacking followed the Pamplona club's 3-0 home defeat to Villareal on Saturday and earlier defeats to Athletic Bilbao (2-0) and Granada (2-1).

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