Mel sacked by Deportivo

Deportivo La Coruna have parted ways with Pepe Mel following the club's poor start to the 2017/18 La Liga season.

The club lost their fifth match of the season, 2-1 to fellow strugglers Girona on Monday, prompting Deportivo to sack the former West Bromwich Albion and Real Betis boss.

Their recent result left Deportivo two points clear of the relegation places, with eight points from nine games.

A club statement read: "The board of directors have decided to rescind the contract of Pepe Mel as the first-team coach.

"The club want to sincerely thank the Madrid-born coach and his coaching staff for the dedication, effort and professionalism they have shown during the time they have been in charge of the first-team squad.

"Cristobal Parralo, coach of Deportivo Fabril, will be placed in charge of the team until the end of the season."

The 54-year-old former Real Madrid B striker has managed a number of clubs since 1999 including Coslada, Mérida, Murcia, Tenerife, Getafe, Deportivo Alavés, Polideportivo Ejido and Rayo Vallecano.

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