Struggling Spanish club Mallorca sign Mexican coach Aguirre

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Mallorca’s Antonio Raillo, center, holds off Real Madrid’s Rodrygo during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Mallorca and Real Madrid in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Monday, March 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Ubilla)

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Struggling Spanish club Mallorca signed veteran Mexican coach Javier Aguirre on Thursday.

Aguirre arrives with the aim of saving Mallorca from relegation with nine rounds to go in the Spanish league.

The club owned by American businessman Robert Sarver sits in 18th place with 26 points, including one safe.

Aguirre, who coached the Mexico national team for two separate spells, was fired by Mexican club Monterrey in February.

He has extensive experience in the Spanish league, having previously coached Osasuna, Atlético Madrid, Zaragoza, Espanyol and Leganés.

Aguirre, 63, replaces Luis García Plaza, who was dismissed after the team’s loss at Espanyol on Sunday to slip into the relegation zone.

Mallorca have lost six games in a row and haven’t won since a home win against Athletic Bilbao in February.

The club are back in the top flight after a season in the second division.

García Plaza had stayed two seasons at Mallorca, taking the club back to the first division in his first year in charge.

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