A wave of negative statistics and the atmosphere that was breathed in a downtrodden locker room and without the ability to react have ended Paco López’s career at Levante. The club from the Valencian neighborhood of Orriols dismissed the miracle coach of the last three seasons this Sunday night. Zero victories in eight league games, four points and 13 goals against, which have made it the most scored team in LaLiga together with Getafe, have weighed more than the curriculum of the Silla coach on the Granota bench, covering the goal of salvation and leading the team last season to the Copa del Rey semifinals, which were historic for being unusual.
The defeat in Mallorca and the fall of the team to the relegation zone led to an emergency meeting of the board of directors this Sunday, which ended with the sentence to the coach despite the slap of confidence he received from the president of the club, Quico Catalán . “Paco López has the maximum support from the club, that no one doubts that. And whoever says otherwise, lies ”, Catalan guaranteed on September 15 after Rayo Vallecano tied in the discount at the Ciutat de València on the fourth day of LaLiga. Four games later, the team has added another point against Elche and three defeats in a row against Celta, Barcelona, and Mallorca that have led the president to strike down the coach and activate the relief on the bench.
With four points in eight days, the eleven granota has signed its worst historical start of a season in the First division since the 2007-08 season, when it finished in Second and entered bankruptcy. The Granota team has not won since April 10, when they beat Eibar in Ipurua by 0-1 and a goal from Jorge De Frutos. To the disappointment of not adding any victory in the first eight days of this course are added the eight games without winning at the end of last season.
“We want Paco to stay with us,” Morales said at the conclusion of Saturday’s game. The Commander missed the penalty that could have kept his coach on the bench until the game against Getafe on October 17, which, converted into the first final due to the permanence of the season, will have a new coach. Morales’ error in Mallorca is the team’s second from eleven meters after the one committed by Roger in the defeat against Celta on the sixth matchday by 0-2, when the score was 0-1.
The determined and offensive game that López has coined in Orriols has hardly been seen this season. Deprived of its offensive exuberance, the team has repeated, instead, its traditional errors in defense, those that its swift deployment in attack nuanced. His risky and fun football has always been the subject of debate among the fans.
The casualties of key men such as Campaña or Bardhi, who are still out of combat, and those of Melero or De Frutos, who have just returned, have been added to that of Roberto Soldado, an unprecedented signing since he was injured in preseason. In the settlement of Paco López those absences, so significant, as well as the low form of Vezo or Miramón and the lack of significant reinforcements for the defensive zone have weighed.
Paco López came to the first team in March 2018 to take over the bench to replace Juan Ramón López Muñiz, the coach of the last promotion to the First Division, who then added 15 games without winning. In addition to leading the team to the Cup semifinals, his numbers say that he is the coach who has passed through the club with the most wins in the first division and the one who has led the team the most in LaLiga (147).