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Who is RCD Espanyol manager David Gallego?

David Gallego was born on 26 January 1972 in Súria. Gallego is the current RCD Espanyol manager after taking over from Rubi in June 2019. David Gallego previously played football professionally in midfield for clubs around Spain such as Cordoba, Levante, Badalona and Sant Andreu.

Gallego started his playing career at Súria in 1989, however, he had to wait until 2001 before he made his professional appearance in the Spanish second division. After leaving Súria, he moved on to play for Manresa, CE Hospitalet, Manlleu, Levante, Sant Andreu, Córdoba, Terrassa, Hércules, Córdoba, Recreativo, Badalona and Manresa making many appearances at each one of these clubs.

Across his 20 year career, he made 418 competitive appearances and scored 77 goals from midfield. His highest scoring season was in the 1997-98 campaign where he scored 19 goals at Terrassa FC. Gallego failed to win a major honour throughout his playing career nor did he gain a promotion but he’ll hope to win many more in the rest of his managerial career.

After Gallego retired in 2009 at 37 years of age, he went straight into management joining CD Sant Feliu Sasserra as their permanent manager. He stayed at the club for less than a year before joining Súria in 2010 where he worked for 3 years as he gained promotion to the Segona Catalana in 2013. After his successful reign at Súria, he joined Espanyol as a youth academy manager in 2013. He was then promoted to the reserve team manager in 2016 where he worked for 2 years. Gallego impressed in his role in the reserve team as he was made caretaker manager in 2018 for a short period. He was then made the permanent Espanyol manager in April 2018 before returning to his previous role and then rejoining in June 2019 after replacing previous manager Rubi and signed a 2 year contract.

David Gallego has a huge task on his hands next season as he’ll be tasked with building on last season’s 7th place finish. The club has signed Matías Vargas from Vélez Sarsfield for £10m along with Ander Iturraspe and Andrés Prieto from Athletic Bilbao and Leganés respectively both on free transfers. However, they’ve lost their star defender in Mario Hermoso to Atlético Madrid for £23m and will need to replace him before the season gets underway.