Alaves sack coach again after just seven games


Trigger happy La Liga stragglers Alaves have sacked their coach for the second time this season as Italian Gianni de Biasi was dismissed after just seven games in charge on Monday. De Biasi oversaw Alaves’ only two La Liga victories this season against Levante and Espanyol, but defeats to Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Valencia, Getafe and Eibar have left the Basques rooted to the bottom of the table, six points off safety.

“The club has decided to terminate the contract of Gianni de Biasi after the latest results obtained in La Liga,” Alaves said in a statement. Javier Cabello, who took charge for defeats to Deportivo la Coruna and Real Madrid earlier in the season after Luis Zubeldia’s sacking, has once again be put in temporary charge.

Under Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino, Alaves reached the Copa del Rey final last season and finished ninth in La Liga on their return to the top flight after a decade.

However, following the departure of Pellegrino and the likes of Real Madrid pair Marcos Llorente and Theo Hernandez, a number of new recruits, including former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic and Zinedine Zidane’s eldest son Enzo Zidane, have failed to make the desired impact. Alaves face Getafe once more in the second leg of their Copa del Rey last 32 tie on Thursday, leading 1-0 from the first leg.


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