Levante sack Muniz as Paco Lopez looks to take charge

Following a draw with Espanyol on Sunday, Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz has been dismissed as coach of Levante with Paco Lopez set to take charge of the La Liga outfit.

The club’s board have taken the decision after a crisis meeting was held in the hours after the clash at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.

Muniz had been under pressure recently, yet with the club having three matches over the course of the last week, the board decided to give him that time to turn things around.

After taking just one point from a possible nine, the decision was made and the Spanish coach was summoned to a meeting shortly after drawing 1-1 with Espanyol at Sunday lunchtime.

Muniz was informed of his fate at a brief meeting and B-team boss Lopez will now be placed in charge of the group until the end of the season at least.

Lopez’s Managerial pedigree

López started his managerial career in 2004, with Villarreal’s C-team. In July 2008, after three full seasons at Catarroja CF, he signed with another club he had represented as a player, Benidorm in division three.

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On 16 July 2009 López was appointed at the helm of CD Alcoyano. He was relieved of his duties on 11 April 2011, after falling from first to fourth in only five matches.

On 27 May 2011, López was appointed FC Cartagena manager. On 19 September he was sacked, after losing all four matches in the second level.

On 24 October 2012, López returned to his first club Valencia Mestalla, replacing fired Sergio Ventosa. On 17 June of the following year, he left the club, after narrowly avoiding relegation,[9] and returned to Villarreal C on 13 November.

On 22 May 2014, López was promoted to the reserves, after the departure of Lluís Planagumà.

On 22 June 2017, he moved to another reserve team, Atlético Levante UD also in the third division.