Villarreal parts with coach before Champions League playoff

Carla Harmon
August 12, 2016

Villarreal are facing a chaotic start to the season after their coach, Marcelino, and his staff left the club just days before their Champions League play-off first-leg home match against Monaco.

The Spanish club says that Escriba, a former manager of Elche and Getafe, will take over immediately.

The club revealed the news on their official website late on Wednesday evening, making the following statement: "Villarreal want to wish Marcelino all the best for the rest of his career". Villarreal has played some of the most attractive football in Spain, despite its limited budget compared to powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The Chilean, who is out-of-work after leaving Man City, previously managed the Spanish outfit for five years, and led the club through to the Champions League semi-finals 10 years ago.

Fran Escriba replaces Marcelino, a week before Villarreal's Champions League playoff round first-leg clash with Monaco.

The Yellow Submarine begin their domestic campaign away to Granada on August 20.

The 51-year-old Spaniard guided Elche into the top flight after an absence of 25 years in 2013 before taking charge of Getafe last summer.

After two more seasons with Elche, he coached Getafe last season until he was sacked in April following three months without a victory.

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