MADRID - Almeria have appointed
Roberto Olabe as coach until the end of the season to
replace the sacked Jose Luis Oltra as they try to avoid
relegation, the Spanish club said on Tuesday.
With eight games left, the Andalusians, who play at La Liga
leaders Barcelona on Saturday, are bottom of the standings with
26 points from 30 matches and lost
3-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao on Monday.
A former goalkeeper with Alaves, Salamanca and Real
Sociedad, Basque Olabe, 43, was sporting director at Almeria in
the 2006/07 season, helping them gain promotion to the top
"Olabe is a hard-working and methodical coach who knows the
club and the team perfectly," Almeria said in a statement on
Oltra was appointed at the end of November to replace the
sacked Juan Manuel Lillo and led the club to the semi-finals of
the King's Cup, their best-ever showing.
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