Osasuna appoint Joaquin Caparros

Joaquin Caparros has been appointed as the new manager of Osasuna following the departure of Enrique Martin.

The experienced boss who counts Sevilla, Deportivo La Coruna and Athletic Bilbao among his former clubs, replaces Martin who left the club languishing second-from-bottom in La Liga with seven points from their opening eleven fixtures.

The 61-year-old returns to work for the first time since leaving Granada in January 2015, and had been heavily linked with the vacant Spanish national team post this summer, which was eventually taken by Julen Lopetegui.

"I'm really looking forward to coaching Osasuna, a club with a special DNA,” Caparros told a news conference.

"The big mistake of our football was to sell the clubs. That the members are owners of our club is very important. This makes Osasuna a different club. You cannot change the DNA of Osasuna.

"I've analysed the squad and there's a lot of talent. They are guys who care, who identify with the team, who have an objective and who are grateful to their club.

“Those values aren't prevalent in football. That is a very strong point of coming to Osasuna, which is one of the exceptions. From that base we have to cement our objectives.

"I've enjoyed coming here with other teams. I have family here and cousins who are Osasuna fans and I know how they feel."

His first game in charge of Los Rojillos will come away at fellow strugglers Leganes on 21 November.

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