MADRID - La Liga strugglers Levante have named Lucas Alcaraz as their new head coach, taking over from Jose Luis Mendilibar, who was sacked on Monday after just two months in charge.
"Lucas Alcarez is the new coach of Levante for the rest of the season with a one-year option," a club statement said late Tuesday.
The 48-year-old Alcaraz was coach at Grenada until the end of last season, having taken over at the Andalucian outfit at the start of 2013. He also has previous coaching experience at Almeria, Recreativo de Huelva and Racing Santander.
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The 53-year-old Mendilibar managed just one win in eight games in charge of Levante leaving the Valencian side second bottom of the table. His fate was sealed by a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Real Madrid at the weekend.
He was the second La Liga coach to be fired in a matter of hours after bottom-placed Cordoba parted company with ex-Chelsea and Barcelona defender Albert Ferrer on Monday.Former Serbian international Miroslav Djukic has been appointed as Ferrer's replacement.
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