Alaves defender Manu Garcia has discussed the recent sacking of Gianni de Biasi and said that he and his team-mates were left feeling empty following the club’s decision.
The Italian, formerly in charge of the Albania national team, picked up just six points from eight games after succeeding Argentinian Luis Zubeldia who was dismissed in September.
Javier Cabello, who was one of four assistants appointed alongside Zubeldia in the summer, has been named caretaker boss for the second time this campaign.
De Biasi, 61, suffered six defeats in eight league games in charge but also earned the club their only top-flight victories this season, against Levante and Espanyol.
The Italian’s sacking comes just two days after Alaves were defeated 2-1 at home against Eibar, which has left them rooted to the bottom of La Liga.
And, Garcia has discussed the feeling around the club’s decision in an interview on their official website:
“Every time they sack a coach, you feel empty, disappointed with your performance and, in part, responsible.
“We had Luis, then Gianni. He (de Biasi) gave us a lot of affection, he came to help us and he has worked with great honesty and pride. We have sent him our message of thanks.”
Sitting rock bottom of the La Liga standings, Garcia ended with a desperate plea to his team-mates to turn around the situation.
“We have two options: either surrender and fall in 6 months. If it is the latter, their will be a lot of disappointments, of personal growth, and loss of value for each one of us. We must turn around the situation and look at the challenge ahead.”
The side from the Basque Country face Getafe at home in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday before a trip to Girona on 4 December.
On the manager front, Cabello is expected to continue in charge until a permanent option is found, but it is expected that a new face could be appointed this week.