The Madrid side haven't won in the league for 12 games stretching back to November leaving them just on point above the relegation zone in 15th place.

The final straw for the club's board came on Saturday as they were beaten 2-0 away to bottom club Real Betis.

"It is a sad day. From the bottom of my heart I hope that Getafe continue for another year in La Liga as they are now," Garcia told a press conference.

"In my 113 games in charge we have fulfilled our objectives apart from in the last 12.

"The first two years were good. In the Cup we have eliminated bigger teams and there have been great moments like when we beat Real Madrid and Barcelona.

"This bad run has been the worst moment."

The club also announced that 38-year-old Romanian Contra, who played for the club between 2005 and 2010, will take charge for the final 11 games of the season and a further two seasons thereafter.

Contra's only previous top-flight managerial experience has come in his homeland with Petrolul Ploiesti.