Soccer-Struggling Levante appoint Pereira as manager
Oct 7 (Reuters) - Levante have appointed Spaniard Javier Pereira as Paco Lopez's successor until June 2022 with an option for two more years, the LaLiga club said in a statement on Thursday.
Levante sacked Lopez on Sunday following their 1-0 defeat at Mallorca a day earlier -- making him the first LaLiga managerial casualty of the campaign -- with the winless club third from bottom with four points from eight games.
Pereira previously managed Deportivo Alaves and had spells as an assistant at a number of teams including Levante from 2011-13. He was last in charge of Chinese Super League side Henan Songshan Longmen.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford )
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