Almeria struggle to find new coach as Marcelina says 'no'

20:01, November 23, 2010      

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Struggling BBVA Primera Liga outfit Almeria is struggling to find a replacement for recently sacked Juanma Lillo.

Lillo was sacked as Almeria coach within an hour of his side’s 8-0 thrashing at home to FC Barcelona on Saturday night.

He left with the club second from bottom of the Primera Liga with just nine points from their first 12 games of the season.

Almeria President, Alfonso Garcia had hoped to entice former Zaragoza, Sporting Gijon and Racing Santander coach Marcelino Garcia Toral to replace Lillo, but Marcelino has rejected the offer.

Reports suggest that Marcelino was not clear about the club’s future prospects and that he prefers to wait until another opportunity presents itself.

Marcelino is from the region of Asturias and with Racing Santander coach Miguel Angel Portugal also under pressure after Racing’s defeat to Levante at the weekend, Marcelino prefers to wait for the chance to return to Racing, a club he took to their best ever finish in the 2007-8 campaign.

His decision leaves Almeria still looking for a replacement for Lillo and three new candidates are now among the favorites. They are former Atletico Madrid coach Abel Resino, Raul Gorosito, who almost produced a miracle at Xerez last season and the experienced former Zaragoza, Getafe and Villarreal coach Victor Munoz, who is currently working as a television commentator.

Almeria’s next game is away to Valencia, who are coached by Unai Emery, the man who led Almeria to promotion to the Primera Liga four seasons ago.



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