Despite a more positive performance in the 1-1 draw against Elche, despitehaving the backing of the squad and despite the team escaping from the relegation zone, Celta Vigo have decided to fire coach Oscar Garcia. He becomes the first coaching casualty of the 2020/21 season in LaLiga Santander.
The coach was told of the decision just moments before he was to take charge of Monday's training session with the Galician club's squad, expecting it to go ahead as usual.
The news also comes just three months after the former Olympiacos coach signed a new two-year contract at the club, having led Celta Vigo to survival last season, guaranteeing their top flight status on the final day of the campaign.
Celta Vigo sit outside the relegation zone on seven points, one clear of the drop zone, but the start to the season has not produced the results that were expected. They have just one win, four draws and four defeats from nine games.
Carlos Mourino has now dismissed 16 different coaches since he became Celta Vigo's president 14 years ago, while it is now 13 consecutive seasons in which the club have sacked a coach.
"The club shares its most sincere thanks, equally to the Catalan coach as well as his collaborators, for their work, professionalism and effort shown during their time at Celta Vigo, in which they achieved survival in a complicated 2019/20 season," a statement published on Monday morning read.
In 38 games in charge at Balaidos, Oscar won eight games, drawing 17 and being beaten 13 times. The highlight undoubtedly came in June, when his team ran out 6-0 winners over Alaves in their battle against the drop, though it was followed just three games later by a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Real Mallorca, who would later be relegated.
Source: Marca / Rafa Valero - Sam Leveridge