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Almería part ways with Alcaraz

Almería have made a coaching change in an effort to save their season after the team failed to win for the eighth match in a row.  Coach Lucas Alcaraz had his contract terminated on Tuesday, following the side’s 2-1 defeat away to Real Zaragoza on Saturday.

This result saw the Rojiblancos close out the week in 18th, just one place above the relegation zone.  Their last win came on the 24th February, a 2-1 home victory over Cultural Leonesa.  They sit on 39 points, level with Córdoba who occupy the first of the relegation places and who have lost just once in their last ten matches.

Alcaraz replaced Luis Miguel Ramis as coach in November 2017 for his second stint at the club having enjoyed moderate success at the helm between July 2011 and April 2012.  The 51-year-old also managed, Xerez, Murcia, Córdoba, Levante and Elche.  As well as being a previous manager of Almería before his latest tenure, he also had two spells in charge of Recreativo and Granada.

Most recently, he accrued a record of 6 wins, six draws and 9 losses in his 21 matches as coach.

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He will be replaced by Fran Fernández, who has been promoted from within the club.  The 38-year-old was Almería youth coach between 2012 and 2016 before a brief time as coach of the B team that year.  He has been somewhat of a ‘stop-gap’ between managers, serving as interim coach for Almería twice between managerial appointments.

His first match in charge will be against Barcelona B on Saturday, who dismissed their own coach Gerard López today.

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