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Benítez is Rayo hope

Published: Friday 24 January 2003, 23.36CET
Gustavo Benítez is Rayo Vallecano's new coach - with the job of saving the Primera División club from relegation.
Published: Friday 24 January 2003, 23.36CET

Benítez is Rayo hope

Gustavo Benítez is Rayo Vallecano's new coach - with the job of saving the Primera División club from relegation.
Rayo Vallecano have named Gustavo Benítez as their new coach.

Seeking salvation
The 49-year-old Paraguayan will take charge of the Madrid-based team until the end of the season, with the brief of saving 18th-placed Rayo from relegation from the Primera División.

Job competition
Benítez replaces Fernando Vázquez, who was sacked on Monday following Rayo's third straight home defeat, and beat off competition from former Argentinian international Óscar Ruggeri to land the job. Ruggeri had been favourite to take over at the Teresa Rivero stadium, but it is thought his demands for a contract until the end of June 2004 were a stumbling block.

Experienced campaigner
This will be Benítez's third managerial spell in Spain. He was in charge at Real Racing Club Santander between January 1999 and June 2000 before returning to El Sardinero towards the end of the club's relegation season, 2000/01. Benítez has also coached Paraguayan side Club Cerro Cora and Chile's CSD Colo Colo.

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