Segunda B side Real Murcia have sacked coach Manolo Sanlucar after just one win his opening seven league games.
Los Pimentoneros currently sit 13th in Segunda B, having just one victory and they face the daunting task for a two-legged Copa del Rey fixture with Barcelona after the international break.
Sanlucar, who arrived at the club last June and there was high hopes he would be the man to guide them back to the Segunda division, however, a stuttering start has seen one win, four draws and two defeats.
Several meetings on Sunday evening saw directors make the decision and select David Karanka as the man to take over the club’s training sessions and matches on an interim basis.
Karanka is expected to take charge of Murcia’s next league game against Cordoba B on Monday 9th October, before they face Marbella five days later at home.
Lowly Ecija are the current league leaders in the fourth Segunda B league, having not lost a single game thus far.
Former boss Jose Miguel Campos has been linked with the permanent role by Spanish daily Marca, but it is not yet known who will take over at Nueva Condomina.
Murcia host Barcelona on October 25th, before facing the La Liga leaders at the Camp Nou in late November.