Football: Coach Fran Escriba pays the price for Villarreal's poor start

Fran Escriba was dismissed by Villarreal after a poor start to the season. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MADRID (REUTERS) - Spanish club Villarreal have sacked coach Fran Escriba after a poor start to the season including a 4-0 defeat by Getafe on Sunday.

Escriba was dismissed on Monday with Villarreal 14th in the LaLiga standings after six games in which they have also lost to Levante and Real Sociedad, drawn with Espanyol and beaten Real Betis and Alaves.

"Villarreal have decided to terminate the contract of Fran Escriba as first-team coach," the club said in a statement.

"In the coming hours, the club will name who the new Villarreal coach will be."

Villarreal were promoted to Spain's top flight in 1998 and 10 years later, finished runners-up to Real Madrid in their best league campaign.

The team nicknamed "Yellow Submarine" suffered a shock relegation in 2012, but were immediately promoted the following year and have played in the Europa League each season since.

Escriba was appointed in August 2016 and in May, renewed his contract to the end of this season.

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