Benito Floro, the former Real Madrid CF coach, was confirmed last night as the new coach of Villarreal CF.
Villarreal president Fernando Roig announced after the 1-0 defeat against Real Valladolid that Floro would replace Victor Muñoz as coach, following the latter's dismissal after last week's defeat by third division Hercules CF in the first round of the Spanish Cup. Assistant coach Paquito took charge of the team for the visit to Valladolid.
Roig, who revealed Floro would be presented at a lunchtime press conference today, said: "We have decided that Benito Floro will be the coach and we hope that he will bring to the club all his experience. It is a very well considered decision, which we hope will be the best for the team."
It will be Floro's second spell in charge of Villarreal where he was coach previously in the late 80s, when the club were in the third division. From there he moved to Albacete Balompié, who he led into the Primera División.
Famous for introducing psychological concepts into Spanish football, Floro moved to Madrid before returning for a second spell at Albacete and then joining Sporting de Gijón. For the last five years he has been coaching abroad, first at Vissel Kobe in Japan and then at Mexico's CF Monterrey.
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