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Monday, January 14, 2008
Former player Garitano takes charge at Zaragoza

MADRID, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Former player Ander Garitano has been appointed coach of Real Zaragoza after the dismissal of Victor Fernandez.

The 38-year-old Garitano, who had been in charge of one of the club's youth sides, will be presented to the media later on Monday, said the Primera Liga team's official website.

Garitano played for Zaragoza for six seasons before moving on to the coaching staff.

Fernandez said he understood the decision to remove him.

'They got rid of me because the results were a long way from meeting the ambitious objectives the club set for itself and that is a legitimate and respectable reason,' Fernandez told a news conference.

'I'm relaxed and calm but hurt by the fact I couldn't deliver what they wanted.'

Zaragoza slipped to 12th after a 2-2 home draw with Real Mallorca on Sunday, their ninth consecutive league game without a win.

'I felt I could turn things around as we were only halfway through the season,' said Fernandez, 47.

Fernandez was coach when Zaragoza won the 1994 King's Cup and the 1995 European Cup Winners' Cup before leaving in 1997.

After spells at Tenerife, Celta Vigo, Real Betis and Porto, he returned to the club in 2006.

'Two stints at Zaragoza are enough,' he said. 'I won't be coming back as coach that's for sure.'




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