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By ESPN Staff
Jan 15, 2007

Levante sack coach Lopez Caro after poor run

MADRID, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Levante appointed Abel Resino as coach on Monday to replace Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, who was sacked earlier in the day following a poor run of form.

'I believe I have the ability to rise to this challenge. I am taking this job with all the enthusiasm in the world and will dedicate myself to ensuring that the club stay in the Primera Liga,' Resino told a news conference.

'It will be a challenge for the players as well as me, because I come with different ideas to the previous coach.'

The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, 46, coached Ciudad de Murcia last season and led them to fourth in the second division.

Lopez Caro was sacked after his side were thumped 3-0 by neighbours Valencia on Saturday. They have only one win from their last 10 games in all competitions and are 17th in the table.

Lopez Caro joined the promoted club in July when he suddenly switched from Racing Santander, whom he had joined at the beginning of June from Real Madrid.

He had been promoted from the youth team to replace Vanderlei Luxemburgo at Real in December 2005 and steered them to second in the table and a place in the Champions League group stage last season.