Mallorca unveil Joaquin Caparros as Coach

Real Mallorca have officially confirmed Joaquin Caparros as their new Coach, unveiling the 55-year-old in a news conference on Tuesday evening.

At the conference Caparros thanked the club for giving him the opportunity, and described it as a ‘exciting project’.

“This is a challenge, a club with very good facilities. It is a nice challenge. The League is very even. We will have to compete and to have continuity. The pressure is good and necessary.

“This is a young team that can perform well. there is much competition for place, everyone will have to work hard every training session.”

It follows Mallorca owner Lorenzo Serra Ferrer’s earlier statements that the club had agreed in principal for former Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla man Caparros to take the helm.

Serra Ferrer initially struggled to convince the club’s administrators to agree to paying the Coach a reported €1.3m salary, whilst he admits he has been recommended by the administrators not to make public the tactician’s earnings for the remainder of the season. The Coach has signed a nine-month deal to the end of the season.

Caparros left Bilbao this summer after Presidential elections saw Josu Urrutia take charge and bring in Marcelo Bielsa as Coach. Caparros then had a brief spell at Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax, before that came to a controversial end a month ago.

Caparros’ appointment comes at the end of a difficult period for Mallorca, that culminated in Michael Laudrup’s departure from the club after several public clashes with Serra Ferrer, whilst several board meetings had to be held to keep the peace between directors.

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