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La Liga side Granada fire Sandoval after Valencia defeat

EIBAR, SPAIN - JANUARY 18: Head coach Jose Ramon Sandoval of Granada CF reacts during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and Granada CF at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on January 18, 2016 in Eibar, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

EIBAR, SPAIN - JANUARY 18: Head coach Jose Ramon Sandoval of Granada CF reacts during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and Granada CF at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on January 18, 2016 in Eibar, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

José Ramón Sandoval has been sacked as manager of Granada following the club's 2-1 defeat to Valencia.

Sandoval leaves the club bottom of La Liga, four points from safety, with 13 games remaining.

Granada have picked up just five wins in La Liga all season and have lost their last four league games, culminating in a defeat to Gary Neville's Los Che on Sunday.

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Sandoval, 47, was appointed as Granada manager near the end of last season and managed to help the club avoid relegation with three wins and a draw from their four remaining fixtures.

However, the club's owner Gino Pozzo, who also owns Watford and Italian club Udinese, has sacked the Spaniard following a number of disappointing performances.

Granada are expected to replace Sandoval with former Albacete and Cadiz manager José González.

A statement on Granada's website thanked Sandoval for his service to the club.