Following a potentially decisive blow to the automatic promotion hopes of the Segunda side after Almeria confirmed that he was dismissed, Guti’s first head coach role away from Real Madrid ended abruptly.
In November former Madrid midfielder and youth coach was appointed by Almeria and although he kept them in the promotion hunt, the club’s hierarchy lost patience after Alcorcon’s 1-0 home defeat Thursday.
This season Oscar Fernandez and Pedro Emanuel were already fired by club owner Turki Al-Sheik, before hiring Guti, who had overseen the assembly of an expensive squad compared to others in Spain’s second tier.
A brief statement read: “Having reached a mutual agreement with the club, Jose Maria Gutierrez stops being our coach.”
“Thank you Jose Maria very much for all of your efforts and dedication to our colors. We wish you every success in your career.”
Almeria is five points back second-placed Real Zaragoza due to Thursday’s loss. Last Saturday they had defeated Real between successive home losses at La Romareda.
A play-off place will be the best they can hope for, as Almeria has seven matches left to salvage an automatic promotion spot.