Last December Juan Manuel Lillo became the coach of Almeria. This December the 45 year old manager will likely be looking for work. Lillo was fired from last year’s new boys earlier today following a 8-0 defeat to Barcelona. The club’s official website said that the sacking came because of “the poor results in the last rounds of the championship.”
Lillo replaced Hugo Sanchez last holiday season when the side was relegation bound and the new coach helped the Andalusian side finish the 2009/2010 season in 13th place and comfortably away from the bottom of the table. But this season the magic had appeared to run out for Lillo whose side had only won a single match of twelve and only earned 9 points over the stretch with relegation zone results.
No word yet on any replacement coach for the club, but the firing of Lillo is a bit of a surprise considering how successful the 45 year old was last season for his new side and also the club is currently one of only 16 team left in the Cop del Rey. I suppose the 8-0 result today became too much for the front office to handle and perhaps a coaching change can positively change the downwards trend of the club.
But small market teams are at such a disadvantage in La Liga that I doubt Almeria will be able to properly recover this season.