Nine games in, and no one has been sacked in La Liga - Alex Mott looks at those most likely to be losing their jobs
Lucas Alcaraz – Granada
'I love this club,' Lucas Alcaraz told a Press conference. 'Both when I have encouragement and also when I don’t. I totally respect [the fans] opinion. We made a lot of mistakes all over the pitch but especially at the back. For the second goal, for example, we had two chances to clear the ball, and didn’t.'
It was the sound of a fairly desperate man as Granada lost their fifth game of the season at home to Getafe on Sunday. The Andalusian side are now 16th in the table, and there is an air of disgruntlement at Los Carmenes. Fans unveiled a banner at the weekend saying: ‘Lucas Go Now!' and it seems that the coach is now on borrowed time. A vital match against promoted side Elche next week could be the final straw for the Grana’s hierarchy as they slip further and further down the table.
Francisco – Almeria
Almeria are now the only club in La Liga that have failed to win a game this season, and despite guiding them to promotion last term, it seems that Francisco could well be the first manager to get the sack in Spain.
A bottom-of-the-table clash at Juegos Mediterraneos against Rayo Vallecano this weekend was seen as the ideal opportunity to get some points on the board, but a late Alex Galves goal was enough to give the away side all three points in a 1-0 win.
'We have played our worst game at the most important moment,' he told a Press conference after the match. 'We should have offered a little more. We messed up. But we now need to be united and go forward together. It was much more enjoyable in the summer than it is now, but we have to keep our heads up and move on.'
Francisco admitted earlier this month that: 'I don't fear for my future. But I do not believe in bad luck – just work.' Odds are though, he might be working to look for a new job fairly soon.
Miroslav Djukic – Valencia
One loss, and everything can change at Valencia. Los Che are not a club known for their stability, and after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Real Sociedad, Miroslav Djukic’s future at Mestalla is back in doubt.
A bad start to the campaign had put the Serbian’s job on line after just a few months in charge. Losses to Espanyol, Barcelona and Real Betis domestically, as well as an embarrassment at home to Swansea in the Europa League, saw some reports in the Spanish press suggest that the 47-year-old could well be given the chop.
President Amadeo Salva has already been moved to give the tactician the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’, and even after relatively modest return to form in October, the defeat at home to La Real at the weekend may just see a change on the east coast.
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