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  Friday, 17 May, 2002, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Espanyol appoint Ramos
Juande Ramos guided Real Betis to sixth place in the Spanish top flight last season
Ramos was in charge at Real Betis last season
Spanish club Espanyol have appointed Juande Ramos as their new coach, replacing Paco Flores.

The news was announced by Espanyol president Daniel Sanchez Libre on Friday and follows a controversial end to the season.

Flores - who has not officially been sacked as manager - has spent his entire coaching career at the Barcelona-based club - and was appointed coach in 1999.

I feel like I have been sacked
Paco Flores

He guided Espanyol to their first trophy in 60 years when they won the 2000 King's Cup and helped the club retain their top-flight status last season despite being forced to sell several key players.

But in the latter stages of the campaign Flores was criticised by the club's supporters and his relationship with the press severely deteriorated.

"I feel like I have been sacked," said Flores, who still has a contract with the club.

"At the moment I will stay linked to the club, but that is not definite and I will take a few days to think it over before making a final decision."

Ramos joined Real Betis from Rayo Vallecano before the start of the recently-completed season.

He steered a young side to an impressive sixth-place finish in the league and a Uefa Cup berth.

But the 47-year-old failed to agree an extension to his one-year contract with the club and will now take charge of Espanyol.

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