Football: Osasuna appoint Gracia as coach
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) - Osasuna have hired Javi Gracia as coach to replace the fired Jose Mendilibar.
The 43-year-old helped Almeria earn promotion to Spain's first division last season. He has also previously coached Spanish clubs Cadiz, Pontevedra and Villarreal's second squad, as well as Greek teams Kerkyra and Olympiakos Volou.
Osasuna dismissed Mendilibar on Wednesday after the team started the Spanish league season with three straight losses.
Osasuna visit Getafe on Sept 15 in their first match after the break for international games.