Javier Aguirre takes over as Zaragoza coach

Javier Aguirre takes over as Zaragoza coach

Published Nov. 18, 2010 4:33 p.m. ET

Javier Aguirre is set for a third coaching stint in the Spanish league after Real Zaragoza reached an agreement with the Mexican Thursday to lead the last-place team.

Aguirre, who previously coached Atletico Madrid and Osasuna before taking over the Mexico job more recently, replaces Jose Aurelio Gay.

Gay was fired on Thursday as struggling Zaragoza has only seven points from 11 games. Gay replaced Marcelino Garcia last December and kept Zaragoza in the topflight on the last day.

''While this project is enormous, it's still evident we've gone through some complicated times,'' Aguirre said. ''But I like it. It's a challenge.''


Aguirre led Mexico at this year's World Cup, where it was beaten in the round of 16 by Argentina.

The 51-year-old Aguirre led both Atletico and Osasuna into the Champions League. Aguirre's first game will be Monday's match at Getafe.

''The league just started so there's time and we've got a good enough squad,'' Aguirre said of his new team's chances of staying up.