Irureta's resignation at Zaragoza seen as bad omen
The resignation of Javier Irureta as coach of crisis club Zaragoza is being interpreted as a bad omen by the Spanish media.4 March 2008
MADRID - The resignation of Javier Irureta as coach of crisis club Zaragoza is being interpreted as a bad omen by the Spanish media.
Irureta surprisingly quit on Monday evening after just six games in charge, only one of which was a win.
He is the third coach to quit the troubled club this season, after Victor Fernandez and Ander Garitano.
His successor on the burning bench will be Manolo Vilanova from third division Huesca, a man without any first division experience.
Zaragoza are joint third from bottom, with 29 points from 26 games.
An online poll taken by sports daily Marca on Tuesday shows that only 33.62 percent of readers think that Irureta's resignation will help the club, with 66.38 opining that it will damage Zaragoza's survival chances.
Many sports blogs and radio phone-in programmes on Monday and Tuesday confirm this atmosphere of pessimism.
Zaragoza were relegated in similar circumstances in 2002, just one year after winning the King's Cup.
They started this season on a wave of optimism after spending heavily on South Americans Roberto Ayala, Andres D'Alessandro, Matuzalem and Ricardo Oliveira.
[Copyright dpa 2008]