Levante sack Juan Lopez Muniz as manager after Espanyol draw

MADRID -- Levante say they have sacked coach Juan Lopez Muniz following a 1-1 draw with Espanyol that left the club in danger of falling into the relegation zone.

The club said reserve team coach Paco Lopez will take over until the end of the season.

"We are going to try to change the emotional aspect, we must convince the changing room that we can and that this team can achieve its aim," Lopez said in Monday's news conference.

"We have something important which is a great squad and that helps a lot. It's crucial and the players are committed with the club with the idea of defending our top-flight status."

Levante are one point above the drop zone after 15 rounds without a win.

Levante were leading 1-0 on Sunday until Leo Baptistao equalised in stoppage time