MADRID (AP) — Deportivo La Coruna says Pepe Mel has been fired as coach of the struggling Spanish team.

The club says that Cristobal Parralo has been promoted from coaching its reserve team and will manage its first team until the end of the season.

Deportivo lost 2-1 to recently promoted Girona at home on Monday.

The team is in 16th place, two spots and two points above the relegation zone. It has won just two of nine games this season.

Mel has coached several Spanish sides, most recently Real Betis, and had a brief stint at English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion in 2014.