Ernesto Valverde has been named the new coach of Primera División side RCD Espanyol following the departure of Miguel Ángel Lotina.
Valverde, nicknamed 'Txingurri', spent two seasons at Espanyol as a player between 1986 and 1988 before leaving to join their neighbours FC Barcelona. He retired after a spell at Athletic Club Bilbao, where he subsequently became a youth-team coach and then first-team coach.
UEFA Cup place
The 42-year-old's return follows Lotina's decision to resign after two terms at the Barcelona-based outfit. Success in the Copa del Rey this season means Espanyol will compete in the first round of the 2006/07 UEFA Cup. Espanyol also recently appointed Paco Herrera as sporting director and Pedro Tomás as general manager.
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