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Villarreal hires Lotina as 3rd coach of season

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VILLARREAL, Spain (AP)

Villarreal has hired Miguel Angel Lotina as its third coach this season in a bid to avoid relegation in the Spanish league.

Villarreal is three points above the drop zone, although 18th-place Racing Santander can draw even with a victory over Espanyol later Monday.

Villarreal fired Jose Molina following Sunday's 1-0 loss at Levante, just 11 games after he replaced Juan Carlos Garrido.

Lotina, who will take charge with 11 games remaining, led Espanyol to a 2006 Copa del Rey triumph and managed Deportivo La Coruna until last season, when the Galician club was relegated to the second division.

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