MADRID, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Spanish BBVA Primera Liga club Espanyol have named former player and current B-team coach Sergio Gonzalez as the replacement for Javier Aguirre as the first team coach.
The decision to award the B-team coach a two-year contract was confirmed on Tuesday by Espanyol's Director of Sport, Oscar Perarnau.
"There are many motives for the decision. Sergio knows the club perfectly and we are delighted with him. We know he does not have a lot of experience, but everyone has to start one day. Sergio has the total capacity to do the job and we are convinced of the decision," said Perarnau, who insisted there had been no doubts over the decision.
The decision to appoint Gonzalez to succeed Aguirre, who preferred to leave the club after a season and a half in charge, has much to do with Espanyol's policy of promoting players from the club's youth system.
"We want to see players come through who have a long future in the first team," said Perarnau.
As a player the 37-year-old Gonzalez, broke into the Espanyol first team in the 1997/8 season and spent three campaigns with the club before joining Deportivo la Coruna. He also won 15 caps for Spain and was part of the squad for the 2002 World Cup.
He retired from playing in 2011 and began this season as assistant coach with the Espanyol B-team, although he was promoted to coach after Manolo Marquez was sacked with the team struggling to avoid relegation.
Under Gonzalez's guidance the youngsters comfortably avoided the drop and his work in the past months has now seen him been given the first team position.