Former Barcelona and Bulgarian international Hristo Stoichkov has been sacked as coach of struggling Celta Vigo, Spanish media reported Monday.

Stoichkov, 41, was appointed last April when the Galician club was still in the Spanish top flight, but was unable to avoid relegation.

He will be replaced by former Real Madrid coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, according to press reports.

Stoichkov, European Player of the Year in 1994, replaced Fernando Vazquez in April. The club finished last season in 18th place.

As a player with Barcelona, Stoichkov won a UEFA Champions League trophy in 1992 and four Spanish league titles, and as Bulgarian captain made it to the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup.

Celta Vigo are currently sitting 11th in the second division.