La Liga: Espanyol appoint Sergio Gonzalez as new manager

Image: Sergio Gonzalez: Takes over from Javier Aguirre

Espanyol have named former Spain international Sergio Gonzalez as their new coach.

Sergio came up through the youth ranks at Espanyol before spending three seasons in the first team between 1998 and 2001, during which time he helped them win the 2000 Copa del Rey with a late winner in the final against Atletico Madrid. He then moved to Deportivo La Coruna and in 2002 helped them win the Copa del Rey with another goal in the final, this time against Real Madrid. After nine years in Galicia, during which time he won the majority of his 11 caps for Spain, Sergio finished his playing career at Levante in the 2010/11 season. Espanyol sporting director Perarnau said: "We're delighted with Sergio's personality and he knows the club perfectly. "We're very happy with his training methods and the way he wants to play. "He doesn't have much experience as a coach, but we all started out at some point and we believe that he's ready. "We want united teams, committed, that are balanced in attack and defence: brave in attack and organised in defence."

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