Hugol takes over Almeria

Former Mexico coach and one-time Real Madrid star Hugo Sanchez has been named as the new coach of Spanish first division side Almeria. The club signed Sanchez for the rest of the season, but the contract could be extended depending on his performance, Almeria said late Monday.

The post has been vacant since Gonzalo Arconada was sacked on Sunday following a 1-0 defeat by Sporting Gijon, which came on the back of a dismal run in the league.

Sanchez, 50, played in Spain, first for Atletico Madrid and then for Real Madrid from 1985 to 1992, with whom he won five La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup. He was top scorer in the top flight five times, once with Atletico and four times with Real. His scoring exploits earned him the nickname 'Hugol'. 

He also played in three FIFA World Cups™ with the Mexican national squad.

Sanchez is to arrive in Almeria this weekend and hold his first training session on Monday, the club said. The side are languishing in 16th place in the first division, just three points above the relegation zone.