Vicente Moreno gives instructions to his players during an Almeria match this season. ANDREU ESTEBAN (EFE)
Almeria is back on track. Vicente Moreno has been dismissed as coach of the Andalusian team after just seven days. The fate of the Valencian coach was fixed just after the defeat of his team against Sevilla in the regional derby (5-1). The club's SEO, Mohamed El Assy, spent more than 45 minutes on the phone in a private box of the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán as soon as the match ended. In direct contact with the owner of the club, Turki Al-Sheikh, both decided the dismissal of Moreno, who on Wednesday morning no longer trained his players and said goodbye to them at the Mediterranean Games stadium. The coach, along with the rest of the coaching staff, then collected their belongings before leaving the red and white facilities.
"The person responsible for everything that is happening is me," Moreno said at the conclusion of the clash in Seville, where Almeria, despite its position of tailback, did not compete for the first time throughout the season. Although the team was the only one that had not known the victory in what takes of the League, it had always shown signs of being alive, offering a good game and with players on the rise like Sergio Arribas (top scorer of the team with four goals). Almeria is the bottom of the League with five defeats and only two draws in favor. The team has bled at the back, as it has received 18 goals and is the most beaten team in the entire category.
When Vicente Moreno signs the settlement, the club will announce the name of the new coach. The next match of the Andalusian team will be next Sunday (14.00 hours) against Granada. Another regional derby, now marked by the delicate qualifying situation of both teams.
With the departure of Vicente Moreno, Almeria puts an end to more than a year of tranquility on the bench. Rubi, the previous coach, was in charge all last season and managed to stay in the last match after achieving promotion to Primera in the summer of 2022. However, the Catalan decided not to continue at Almeria, which then signed Vicente Moreno. It has only lasted seven matches.
Since the arrival of Turki Al-Sheikh to the ownership of Almería, in the summer of 2019, seven coaches have passed through the Andalusian club: Óscar Fernández, Pedro Emanuel, Guti, Mario Silva, José Gomes, Rubi (the one who was in charge the longest) and Vicente Moreno.
Almeria made a significant investment in players this summer, spending 52 million on the arrival of signings such as César Montes (14 million to Espanyol), Luis Suárez (8 to Marseille), Koné (7.50 to Lorient) or Sergio Arribas (6 to Madrid).
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