Sanchez Flores takes over at Espanyol

Former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has officially been unveiled as the man to take over from Constantin Galca as manager of Espanyol.

In a move that surprised many, Galca, the coach who turned the club's fortunes around this past season, was told that his one-year contract would not be extended.

Sanchez Flores was one of the men tipped to take the reins from the Romanian and this week the appointment was confirmed as the former Valencia player was presented to the press.

"I want to thank everyone for the welcome and the trust," he told reporters.

"We come with a commitment to do something special, interesting, something that conveys solidity, and reaches the stands," he continued.

"To lay a very solid foundation, for Espanyol to recover its historical and competitive face. Identity. We want to reach the hearts of the people.

"We are starting to build. There have been three weeks in which we haven’t stopped for a moment. We want to succeed in the selection of players. We want commitment, the ideal player with a good mentality. We will be adaptable with our identity, but solid.

"We have a definite idea of being a balanced team, playing good football, but it depends on the squad we’re able to put together. We’ll be smart and have the philosophy that best suits us," he added.

The Catalan club, who found themselves in a relegation battle midway through the 2015/16 season, ended 13th in the La Liga table and will be looking to take this momentum into the coming season.