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El Grana's hierarchy admitted mixed feelings at relieving Juan Antonio Anquela of his duties, but insisted that a change in direction was called for with Luca Alcaraz taking over

Granada’s sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero has justified the sudden replacement of coach Juan Antonio Anquela with Luca Alcaraz.

El Grana sacked Anquela on Wednesday, and shortly after announced the re-appointment of Alcaraz, who will take charge until the end of the season, as the club look to avoid relegation to the second-tier of Spanish football.

Cordero was quick to praise Anquela for his attitude, emphasising that the decision taken was not an easy one despite the heavy 3-0 defeat to Sevilla on Monday, which leaves Granada with only five wins in 21 games in La Liga.

“We had a meeting after the game in Seville and, much to our regret, we have seen the need to take a change in course for the team,” the sporting director said.

“The world of football is a game and sometimes it is not fair. Anquela is an honest and hardworking coach who has worked hard and given everything he had.”

Granada currently sit 17th in La Liga, just one place above the drop zone.

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