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Joaquin Capparos is the new Granada manager

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Granada have appointed well-travelled manager Joaquin Capparos at their new head coach.

Capparos is now into his 11th professional management post and has signed a two-year contract with El Grana, just a couple of days after leaving Levante following a breakdown in contract negotiations.

The 58-year-old has the option of extending his deal at Los Carmenes should he wish.

He takes over following the resignation of Lucas Alcaraz last week, after the 47-year-old had ensured La Liga football for 2014/15 with a victory at Real Valladolid on the final day.

Capparos was due to sign a new two-year contract with Levante, after leading them to their second top-ten finish in four years since they were promoted back to the Spanish football’s top division in 2010. But talks broke down and he becomes Granada’s fourth manager in the last three years.

Despite coming through the youth system at Real Madrid, Capparos experienced a fairly brief playing career and took up his first coaching role in his mid-20s.

From 1981 to 1996, he coached eight different clubs at amateur level including three-year spells at San Jose Obrero and Motilla. Capparos also had two-year reigns at Campillo and Gimnastico Alcazar, as well as single years at Castile-La Mancha, Conquense, Manzanares and Moralo.

His first professional post also came in 1996 with Seguna Division B side Recreativo de Huelva. He achieved promotion in his second season and this earned a two-year spell managing regional side Andalusia, which has been represented by the likes of Jesus Navas, Joaquin and Sergio Ramos.

During this time, he coached Villarreal for seven games before his longest spell with a single club to date came at Sevilla in 2000.

He gained his second promotion at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in 2001 and brought young players through including Jose Antonio Reyes and Ramos, as well as signing the likes of Julio Baptista and Dani Alves during his reign.

After five years with the Sevillistas, he took charge of Deportivo La Coruna in 2005 before moving on to Athletic Bilbao two years later.

In four seasons at San Mames, his Bilbao side gradually improved - finishing 11th, 13th, eighth and sixth. Copparos led them to the final of the Copa Del Ray in 2008/09 and thus qualification for the UEFA Europa League.

He achieved his feat again with the sixth-place finish in his final year, before being relieved of his duties after his contract expired.

His first job outside of Spain followed in the shape of Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax, though his stay was brief and he soon returned to his homeland with RCD Mallorca.

After leaving in February 2013, he took charge at Levante where he led them to tenth place.

He will be hoping for a similar experience with Granada in his 19th managerial job in all.

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