Head coach Juan Carlos Garrido of Villarreal reacts during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between FC Porto and Villarreal at Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Villarreal Sack Manager Juan Carlos Garrido; José Fransisco Molina Will Replace Him

Villarreal have fired manager Juan Carlos Garrido after the Yellow Submarine posted terrible results for the entire first half of the season. José Fransisco Molina will replace him.

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Villarreal Hire B Team Coach Jose Fransisco Molina As Manager

Just hours after sacking Juan Carlos Garrido as manager, Villarreal have named Jose Fransisco Molina as their new manager. Instead of looking elsewhere for a replacement to kick-start the struggling Yellow Submarine, the board have opted to promote from within. The 41-year-old Molina is a former Spanish international goalkeeper who retired from football in 2007. He played 18 years in Spanish football. The club announced the appointment via their official twitter feed.

Molina joined Villarreal as a coach in 2009, when he took over Villarreal C. In May, with Villarreal B threatened by relegation, he was promoted and did just enough to keep them in the Segunda. They're just barely above the drop zone in this season's Segunda, but as a reserve team and not a proper independent club, that's not a terrible thing. Barcelona B are the only other reserve team in the Segunda, and they are currently in 14th.

If Villarreal is hiring a young manager from within with such a short management history, they must either be extremely confident that he's a star in the making ... or extremely cheap. He'll get a chance to prove that the former, not the latter is the reason for his hiring when Villarreal returns to the pitch in January.

For more on the Yellow Submarine check out Villarreal blog Villarreal USA.

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