After Almeria announced that he had been fired after a potentially decisive blow to the Segunda side’s automatic promotion hopes, Guti’s first head coach job away from Real Madrid abruptly ended.

In November, Almeria hired the former Madrid midfielder and youth coach and while he kept them in promotion search, the club ‘s leadership lost faith after Alcorcon’s 1-0 home loss Thursday.

Club owner Turki Al-Sheik had already fired Oscar Fernandez and Pedro Emanuel this season before hiring Guti who supervised the creation of an expensive squad in Spain’s second-tier relative to others.

A brief statement read: “Jose Maria Gutierrez stops being our coach after we have reached a mutual agreement with the club. Thank you very much Jose Maria for all your efforts and commitment to our colors. We wish you every success in your career.”

The loss on Thursday left Almeria five points behind second-placed Real Zaragoza, who they beat at La Romareda last Saturday between consecutive home defeats.

Almeria has seven matches left to salvage an automatic promotion slot, otherwise, the most they can hope for is a play-off place.


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