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Espanyol appoint Gonzalez

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

The 37-year-old Sergio, who played for Espanyol at the start of his career and had been in charge of the club's reserve side, has agreed a two-year contract to take over from Javier Aguirre.

Aguirre left Espanyol at the end of last season after leading the club to a 14th-placed finish.

A statement on www.rcdespanyol.com announced: "The Espanyol sporting director Oscar Perarnau has announced at a press conference that Sergio Gonzalez Soriano will be the first-team coach of the Blanquiazul.

"Sergio Gonzalez, until now the coach of Espanyol B, has been chosen by the club to lead the sporting project in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons."

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."