Granada confirm Lucas Alcaraz as new coach

The Andalucian outfit released a statement late on Monday evening welcoming Alcaraz "to his new home". The 50-year-old replaces Paco Jémez.

Granada confirm Lucas Alcaraz as new coach
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Granada appoint Alcaraz

Granada confirmed on Monday evening that they have appointed Lucas Alcaraz as the new first team coach until the end of the present season. He will take charge of the first team's squad training session tomorrow and be officially unveiled immediately afterwards at the press room in the club's training facilities. The 50-year-old comes in as a replacement for Paco Jémez, who was sacked by the LaLiga strugglers last week after overseeing a disastrous start to the season.

Granada-born Alcaraz has already had two prior spells at his hometown club - his first managerial position was at Los Cármenes where he spent three seasons from 1995-98, and he returned in 2013 after spells at several Andalucian sides including Recreativo, Almería, Córdoba and Xerez.

His last managerial position was at Levante, where he spent a year at the helm before being relieved of his duties in October 2015.

Alcaraz - who is from Granada - has coached the club twice before, most recently from January 2013 to June 2014.

Alcaraz's name was the first on directors' list of candidates, ahead of Lluis Planagumà who stood in as caretaker coach for the weekend meeting with Leganés. Granada confirm that Planagumà will return to his post with the reserve team.

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