Mendilibar to take over Osasuna
Osasuna have reached an agreement with Jose Luis Mendilibar to become their new coach, the Spanish Primera Division strugglers announced this evening.
Mendilibar will replace Jose Antonio Camacho, who was sacked earlier today after Osasuna dropped into the relegation zone this weekend.
A statement on the Osasuna website read: "Jose Luis Mendilibar is the new coach of Osasuna. The definitive agreement between the club and the coach was reached this evening and, pending the signing, Mendilibar will occupy the bench until June 30, 2012."
The 49-year-old Mendilibar was most recently in charge of Real Valladolid, who he coached from 2006-2010 before being sacked 12 months ago. Prior to that, he was coach of Osasuna's neighbours Athletic Bilbao.
Camacho's final match in charge was last night's 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad, a result that saw Osasuna slip to 18th place in the Primera Division standings. Osasuna have now lost six of their last 11 matches, with their only win in that time being their shock 1-0 home victory over Real Madrid.
The Sociedad defeat also left the Pamplona outfit without an away win in 21 league and cup matches stretching back over a year.
Camacho, the former Spain and Real Madrid coach, took over at Osasuna in October 2008 following the sacking of Jose Angel Ziganda and led the club to a 15th-placed finish in his first season before guiding them to 12th spot last term.