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Javier Aguirre next to reject Alaves role

Javier Aguirre has followed Aitor Karanka in rejecting the vacant managerial role at Alaves.

Aguirre left United Arab side Al Wahda earlier this year after spells in Spain with Osasuna, Atletico Madrid, Espanyol and Real Zaragoza.

The 58-year-old is reported by Marca to have been Alaves’ number one target but he is said to have turned down an initial approach, much like former Middlesbrough boss Karanka did earlier this week.

Heading into the game against Villarreal, Alaves had failed to score a single goal and they were hopeless in front of goal once more as the away side scored three with no reply.

A brace from Bakambu and one from Colombian striker Carlos Bacca gave Fran Escriba much delight, but for the home side – manager Luis Zubeldia was axed from his job.

The club’s fourth straight defeat with no goals scored comes after losses to Leganes, Barcelona and Celta Vigo.

Alaves released a statement on Sunday, which read: ‘Deportivo Alaves has decided to part company with Luis Zubeldia following a run of poor results at the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

‘At the moment, Javier Cabello will be in charge of leading the workforce. We thank Luis for the work done during this period and wish him the best of luck in his future career.’

Cabello will now take over as interim manager, with the search for a permanent option to begin on Monday morning.

Zubeldia was hired in June, shortly after Mauricio Pellegrino left the club for Premier League side Southampton.

The 36-year-old brought in the likes of Bojan Krkic and Munir El Haddadi this summer but a lack of goals and poor performances has now cost him his job.


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