Gonzalez appointed Espanyol coach

La Liga side Espanyol have appointed Sergio Gonzalez as their new coach on a two-year contract.

The former Espanyol and Deportivo La Coruna midfielder has coached with Espanyol B since retiring in 2011 and will succeed Javier Aguirre at Estadi Cornella-El Prat.

Aguirre, who took over midway through the 2012-13 campaign, left the club after leading them to a 14th-placed finish last term. 

Espanyol endured a dismal end to last season, winning just one of their final 11 games, and Gonzalez - who spent three campaigns with the club as a player - will be expected to improve on Aguirre's performance next term. 

Sporting director Oscar Perarnau said: "We love the personality (Gonzalez has) and the proposed game he wants to play. 

"We believe fully in (his) ability."

Gonzalez was part of the Espanyol team that won the 2000 Copa del Rey, scoring the decisive goal in their 2-1 final victory over Atletico Madrid.