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By ESPN Staff
Nov 29, 2006

Flores named coach of strugglers Tarragona

MADRID, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Primera Liga basement side Gimnastic Tarragona have named former Real Zaragoza and Espanyol trainer Paco Flores as their coach, the club said on Wednesday.

Flores replaces Luis Cesar who was sacked on Sunday night after his side's 3-2 defeat at home to Real Mallorca.

'I'm really looking forward to this challenge,' Flores was quoted as saying in El Pais on Wednesday. 'We have time to climb up the table and ensure we avoid relegation.'

The 54-year-old former Espanyol player led the Barcelona-based club to victory in the King's Cup in 2000, but left two years later after falling out with president Daniel Sanchez Llibre.

He took charge of Zaragoza the following season when they were in the second division and oversaw their return to the Primera Liga after finishing as runners-up to Murcia only to be fired four months later after a run of poor results.

In 2005, he took charge of troubled second division side Almeria and helped them stave off the threat of relegation.

Gimnastic returned to the Primera Liga for the first time in 56 years at the end of last season, but have only taken five points from their first 12 games and have been knocked out of the King's Cup by second division Valladolid.