CD Almoradi sacked their manager Fran Rodríguez on Monday on the back of last weekend’s two-nil defeat at Castellón, which saw them now confirmed with just 10 points, and second from bottom in the regional third division, after CD Torrevieja won their appeal over having the three points taken away from them in their opening-day encounter.

The defeat at Castellón and Torry’s successful appeal led  the Almoradi board and President, Paco Albaladejo, to take prompt  action to dismiss Rodríguez, who earlier this year led the side back to the regional third division, after a gap of 19 years. Rodríguez said goodbye to the players on Monday, with the board thanking him for his efforts, but saying that they needed a change to turn round Almoradi’s results. They were also mindful of yesterday’s (Thursday) bank holiday home encounter against fellow-strugglers Buñol, which quickly assumed the status of a must-win match, ahead of another crucial relegation clash at Muro on Sunday.  

No names have been mentioned to take over from Rodríguez, who said that the side had played well at times, but just didn’t get the results they deserved, and he understood the board’s decision. He said that it was unfortunate that a number of new signings that he had lined up didn’t join the club for a variety of reasons.       

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