Villarreal - Villarreal has fired coach Fran Escriba after
the team's disappointing start in the Spanish league.
The announcement comes a day after Villarreal's 4-0 loss at
Getafe, the team's third defeat in six league games. The result left Villarreal
in 14th place in the 20-team standings with seven points.
Villarreal opened with two losses but appeared to be
recovering with two wins and a draw. It also won its opening Europa League
game, against Astana. It plays its second match at Maccabi Tel Aviv on
Escriba's assistants also were let go by Villarreal.
The 52-year-old Escriba is the second top-flight coach to
lose his job this season, following the dismissal of Luis Zubeldia by
last-place Alaves last week.
Villarreal said a new coach would be announced shortly.