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Gracia handed Málaga reins

Published: Friday 30 May 2014, 12.41CET
Javi Gracia has become the Spanish top flight's latest coaching change after accepting a two-year contract to take over from Bernd Schuster in the Málaga CF dugout.
Gracia handed Málaga reins
Javi Gracia has taken up the reins at Málaga ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Friday 30 May 2014, 12.41CET

Gracia handed Málaga reins

Javi Gracia has become the Spanish top flight's latest coaching change after accepting a two-year contract to take over from Bernd Schuster in the Málaga CF dugout.

Following Bernd Schuster's midweek departure as coach of Málaga CF, the Spanish Liga club have installed Javi Gracia in the managerial hot seat.

The 44-year-old Gracia arrives at La Rosaleda on a two-year contract having left CA Osasuna after the Pamplona-based team's relegation to the second division at the end of the season.

A former Athletic Club youth-teamer, Gracia was a midfielder with Real Valladolid CF, Real Sociedad de Fútbol and Villarreal CF, among others. He has since had a varied coaching career, gaining promotions with Cádiz CF and UD Almería either side of a stint in Greece with Olympiacos Volou FC and Kerkyra FC. UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists in 2013, Málaga finished 11th this term.

Last updated: 30/05/14 13.05CET

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