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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Zaragoza oust Gay, set to appoint Aguirre

Real Zaragoza have parted company with coach Jose Aurelio Gay and are set to name former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre as his replacement, the Primera Division club have announced.

Gay leaves Zaragoza with the club rooted to the bottom of La Liga after picking up just one win and seven points from their opening 11 games, with his final match in charge being last Sunday's 2-1 home defeat to Sevilla.

Zaragoza were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey after losing on away goals to Segunda Division Real Betis at the last-32 stage.

Aguirre was coach of Mexico before spending four seasons in charge of Osasuna from 2002-06, during which time he led the small Pamplona-based club to a fourth-placed finish in his final year and a spot in the Champions League.

He also guided Osasuna to their first-ever Copa del Rey final in 2005, which they lost to Real Betis 2-1 after extra time.

Aguirre then took charge of Atletico for two-and-a-half years, leading the club to a seventh-placed finish in his first campaign and fourth spot in his second - earning the club a place in the Champions League for the first time in over a decade - before parting company with the Rojiblancos in February 2009.

Aguirre then returned to his former position as coach of Mexico, who he led into the second round at this summer's World Cup before suffering a 3-1 defeat to Argentina.

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