Rubi is new Espanyol boss

Espanyol have named former Girona, Valladolid and Levante boss Rubi as their new head coach ahead of the 2018/19 Primera Division season.

The 48-year-old former Espanyol B player and manager, joins the club after guiding Segunda Division side Huesca to La Liga.

He has signed a two-year deal with Espanyol.

Joan Francesc Ferrer Sicilia, better known as Rubi, will be joined in his technical team by Jaume Torras, Xavi Gil and Manel Rodriguez.

Rubi has also worked on the coaching staff at Barcelona, after steering Girona to promotion.

Part of a club statement read: “The Catalan coach has achieved a milestone with the promotion to the highest category for the first time in the history of the club from Huesca. It is, in short, a technician of proven track record, harvested with effort and tenacity since its inception, and now faces a stage with ambition and desire to continue growing as a professional hand in hand with blue and white sports progress.

“Rubi is a coach who is committed to an attractive football and looking to make a colorful game and the liking of players and fans. With extensive training and experience, Rubi arrives at an optimum age to lead a project such as the RCD Espanyol. After training our second team a decade ago, Rubi returns to our Club with a new and exciting challenge: consolidate and enhance the sporting growth of the blue and white flag team in this new stage of the institution.”

Espanyol dismissed former head coach Quique Sanchez Flores in April.