Rubén Baraja named new Elche manager


Elche have announced that Rubén Baraja will take over as manager following the resignation of Fran Escriba several weeks ago, with the 40-year-old signing a one-year contract.

Following the resignation of beloved manager Fran Escriba several weeks ago, the club has been looking for the perfect coach to take the helm of a club that is very much in disarray as they continue to find a way to avoid administrative relegation.

However, with the managerial role open and pre-season starting, Elche have announced the appointment of former midfielder Rubén Baraja, who last coached the Valencia B squad.

As a player, Baraja played a pivotal role in the most successful period in the history of Valencia and Elche are hoping that the former Spanish international will be able to bring his experience and knowledge to a squad that is in desperate need of guidance as they try to rebuild.

Baraja will begin his new role with the club’s first pre-season training session on Monday, where he will be joining by his first assistant José Ramón Rodríguez Sánchez and conditioning coach Manuel Poblaciones Risoto.

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