Espanyol name Javier Aguirre as new head coach
MADRID (AFP) –
Struggling La Liga club Espanyol have appointed Mexican Javier Aguirre as their new coach after Argentine Mauricio Pochettino was sacked on Monday, following a disappointing start to the season.
“Espanyol and Javier Aguirre have reached an agreement for the Mexican to be the coach of the Catalan club until the end of the season,” the club announced on their website.
The 53-year-old has a rich pedigree of experience in Spain having previously coached Osasuna, Atletico Madrid and Real Zaragoza and also coached Mexico at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups where they reached the second round on both occasions.
Espanyol, who play in Barcelona, are bottom of the Spanish top flight with just nine points from 13 games, but within three points of five clubs in what promises to be a lengthy battle to avoid relegation.