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Espanyol – Abelardo Fernández
Abelardo Fernández is the new Espanyol manager having replaced Pablo Machin the day after Boxing Day. Abelardo is a name that will be familiar to football fans both across Spain and across Europe having represented his country over half a century of times between 1991 and 2001.
A centre-back in his playing days, Abelardo turned out for four teams, all in Spain, in a career which lasted from 1989 to 2003. He began his footballing education with La Brana in 1985 at the age of 15. From there he would go from youth academy to youth academy before settling at Sporting Gijon.
He signed his first professional contract in 1989 and made his senior debut not long after, appearing for the Sporting Gijon B team. He made three more appearances in the second string before graduating to the first team later in the years. He would make a grand total of 179 appearances in the league, scoring 13 goals in the process.
After impressing so much for Sporting, Abelardo moved to fellow Spanish giants Barcelona. In Catalonia, Abelardo made an almost identical amount of appearances as he had with his previous club, playing 178 times and scoring 11 goals. He won numerous honours in this time too: La Liga Twice, the Copa del Ray twice, the Supercopa de Espana twice and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup once.
After his eight-year spell at the Nou Camp came to an end, a brief spell at Alaves followed, Abelardo spending one season there before hanging up his boots in order to begin his coaching career. He earned his badges before becoming the coach of the team where he started his career, Sporting Gijon's B team.
After two seasons, Candas came calling. He spent a year there before moving on to Tuilla where he would spend the same amount of time there before deciding to take a more of a backseat role as assistant manager Sporting Gijon's, with the first team this time. Following this he re-joined the B team where he took over as manager once more. He held the position for two years again, performing more impressively than in his first stint and bringing through several players into the first team in the Sporting setup.
His performance was enough to earn him the top job at Sporting Gijon. He held if for three years, wining over a third of his games and, until the latter spell of his tenure, performing well above expectations. He was dismissed in in May 2019 after a series of poor results, but he is still held in high regard at the club where he spent years of his playing and managerial careers.
Following a one-year sabbatical, Abelardo joined Alavés where he would manage for two seasons, impressing by winning almost half of his 69 games in charge, a record which has earnt him a more prestigious job with Espanyol now.
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