Getafe sporting director Toni Muñoz has announced the sacking of coach Luis García in a Monday press conference.
Cosmin Contra, whose departure as coach of Petrolul Ploiesti has been confirmed by the Romanian outfit, takes over as García's replacement.
Contra, who played for Los Azulones between 2005 and 2010, had piloted Petrolul to third in the league, five points behind Steaua Bucharest. He previously coached Timisoara in Romania and Spanish Segunda B outfit Fuenlabrada.
A statement released by the Liga BBVA club reads: “Getafe C.F. have reached an agreement in principle with Cosmin Contra to be the new coach of the first team, for the rest of the season and two further campaigns. The official presentation will be held tomorrow, 11 March, at 13:00”.
Despite making the decision to relieve García of his duties on Sunday, Getafe president Ángel Torres opted to wait until Monday morning to hold talks with the 41-year-old and Muñoz, before announcing the move publicly.
Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena SER on Saturday night, Torres had indicated that a change in the dugout was imminent: “The team attacks badly and defends badly. This is not down to bad luck, although that doesn’t mean that it’s all Luis García’s fault, either.”
Getafe, who have failed to register a Liga BBVA win since 29 November last year, currently sit in 15th in the Spanish top flight, just one point above the relegation zone.