MADRID (AP) — Espanyol has hired coach Aberlardo Fernández to try to avoid relegation with the team currently last in the Spanish league.
Espanyol said Friday that Fernández has a contract until the end of the season.
He replaced Pablo Machín, who was fired after the team lost to second-to-last Leganés last weekend.
Espanyol has 10 points from 18 matches. It is five points from safety.
The 49-year-old Fernández recently helped Alavés escape relegation when it was in a similar position to Espanyol's. He was with Alavés until the end of last season.
Fernández's first training session in charge of Espanyol will be on Monday.
More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports