Santander hires Cervera as 3rd coach of season

Racing Santander has hired its third coach of the season,

signing Alvaro Cervera from Recreativo Huelva until the end of the


The struggling Spanish club this week fired Juan Jose Gonzalez,

who led a three-man coaching crew that had replaced Hector Cuper in

December. Santander is 18th in the league and three points from


Cervera’s contract with Recreativo Huelva was dissolved. The

former Santander player got off Recreativo’s team bus at a service

station near Seville to return and negotiate his new deal while the

second-division club continued on to Almeria for a match.

Cervera, a former Spain international, is expected to be on the

sidelines Sunday when Santander hosts three-time defending champion

Barcelona at the Sardinero stadium.