Zaragoza president replaced by shareholder

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MADRID, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Real Zaragoza president Eduardo Bandres has stepped down and been replaced by majority shareholder Agapito Iglesias, the struggling La Liga club said on Wednesday.

Bandres's board of directors have also resigned and Iglesias told a news conference he would appoint replacements in the next few days who would be "closer to the Zaragoza fans" as they seek to maintain their place in Spain's top flight.

Promoted Zaragoza sacked coach Marcelino this month and promoted Jose Aurelio Gay from second team manager. In his first match in charge, Gay suffered a 6-0 thrashing at Real Madrid, a result that left the club second from bottom.

(Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by John Mehaffey; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)