Zaragoza, in a statement, announced that Garitano had been forced to tender his resignation due to "personal reasons" and that president Agipato Iglesias and vice-president Eduardo Bandres had accepted his decision.
However, AS says Andres D'Alessandro may have influenced Garitano's situation. The coach had little time for the Argentina international and didn't want him involved in his first team plans citing poor attitude. He also asked Iglesias to make a central defensive signing during this month's market - and both requests were knocked back by the president.
Garitano will hold a media conference today to explain his sudden departure. In the meantime, Zaragoza directors were on the phone to Javier Irureta last night about taking over the coaching reigns for the rest of the season.