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Real Valladolid have sacked coach Jose Luis Mendilibar and appointed reserve team boss Onesimo Sanchez as his replacement.

Valladolid’s draw against fellow strugglers Almeria on Sunday night left the club just one point above the relegation zone in La Liga.

Mendilibar took the helm of the Pucela for the 2006-07 season and guided the club back into the top flight with a record 88-point haul.

But after a disappointing run over the past twelve months which saw just three victories in 31 games has seen his time at the club brought to a close.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Jose Luis Mendilibar is not Real Valladolid coach any more. President Carlos Suarez announced the sad decision on Monday morning, a day after the draw against Almeria.

“Onesimo, until now the reserve coach, will be his replacement. The new coach will take his first training session on Tuesday, after which he will be presented to the media.

“The decision is sad for the club because Mendilibar is a professional who is much loved at the Zorrilla, as much for his human side as for his outstanding work since he took charge of the team.

“But the club decided to look for drastic solutions to combat a negative run of results which is continuing to stretch.

“Jose Luis Mendilibar is going, but his time at Valladolid leaves a profound stamp on the club. The name Mendilibar has been etched in capital letters in the club’s history.”

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