Garcia leaves struggling Getafe

Getafe have parted company with coach Luis Garcia following a poor run of results. Saturday's 2-0 loss at rock-bottom Real Betis left Getafe a point above the relegation zone in the Spanish La Liga and without a league win since November.

During that run they have picked up just four points from a possible 36 and were also been knocked out of the Copa del Rey. Sporting director Toni Munoz confirmed at a press conference at Monday lunchtime that Garcia was no longer the coach. Munoz said: "We're grateful for his work, he's a great professional and a great person and we want to thank him for the time he's been with us."

The 41-year-old Garcia took over at Getafe from Michel in the summer of 2011, signing a three-year deal after buying out his contract at Levante. Garcia, who had his playing career cut short by injury in 2000, steered Levante into the Spanish top flight and kept them there despite a modest budget before quitting to move to Getafe.

In his first two seasons at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Garcia helped Getafe finish 11th and tenth but this campaign the club are embroiled in fight to avoid relegation - something the departing coach desperately hopes they manage to do.

Garcia said: "It's a sad day. I hope with all my heart that Getafe continue in the Primera Division. It's been 113 official games in which, taking away the last 12, we've fulfilled the objective. "The last two years have been very good. In the cup we've knocked out great teams, there were good moments when we beat Barca and Real Madrid. This bad run has been the worst moment."

Looking ahead, Garcia added: "One door closes and another opens."