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Alavés: Abelardo named as LaLiga strugglers' new coach

The ex-Sporting Gijón boss, who ended his playing career at Alavés, has been appointed as Gianni de Biasi's replacement at the LaLiga club.

Alavés: Abelardo named as LaLiga strugglers' new coach

Former Barcelona defender Abelardo Fernández has been named as struggling LaLiga side Alavés' third coach of the season on a six-month deal.

Abelardo out to reproduce Sporting Gijón heroics

Abelardo ended his playing career at Alavés in 2003, and has been hired to recreate his success in keeping Sporting Gijón in LaLiga against the odds in the 2015/16 season.

"Deportivo Alavés have completed the appoinment of Abelardo Fernández as the club's new coach," the Vitoria-based outfit said in a statement.

"He has experience in Alavés' goal for the season in staying up and has committed himself until the end of the season."

De Biasi fired just two months after replacing Zubeldia 

Italian coach Gianni de Biasi was sacked after just seven LaLiga games in charge on Monday with Alavés, who finished ninth and reached the Copa del Rey final under Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino last season, languishing bottom of the table and six points off safety.

Luis Zubeldia was fired as Alavés boss in September after just four games.

Abelardo tenure kicks off at Girona on Monday

Abelardo will have to wait until Monday for his first game in charge when Alavés visit Girona.


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