Real Valladolid have parted ways with head coach Luis César Sampedro with immediate effect, the team announced on Tuesday morning.
Sampedro had been the subject of much speculation in recent months as his side struggled in the latter part of 2017, including crashing out of the cup and losing three league matches in a row as their promotion bid floundered.
It looked as though he may have done enough to salvage his job to at least the end of the season when Real Valladolid claimed nine points from a possible 15.
However, Sunday’s lacklustre display at Gimnàstic saw them lose 1-0 in a match that could have seen them end the week back in the playoff spots and this heralded the end of the 51-year-old’s tenure at the club, a spell that saw him gain 51 of a possible 102 points at the helm. He leaves with Real Valladolid in 11th place, ten points from the top and three points off a playoff place in an incredibly tight division.
Local media has reported that he is to be replaced immediately by ex-Espanyol, Deportivo la Coruña and Levante player Sergio González until the end of the season, with a potential extension in the event of a successful promotion.
González has managerial experience with Espanyol and Catalonia. He will be joined by Diego Ribera as his assistant and his first match in charge will be a crucial home contest against league leaders, and rivals, Sporting.