Villarreal promotes coach Calleja to first-team duties

Following Fran Escriba's sacking earlier on Monday, Villarreal has appointed Javi Calleja as head coach after a spell at Villarreal B.

New Villarreal coach Javi Calleja's first game as coach will be his side's Europa League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday.   -

Villarreal has appointed Javi Calleja as its new head coach following the sacking of Fran Escriba.

Calleja had been the coach of Villarreal B, but he has now been promoted to the first team, who he will lead for a first training session on Monday.

The 39-year-old played for the Yellow Submarine as a midfielder for seven years, departing after the 2005-06 season in which the club reached the semifinals of the Champions League.

Having lost 4-0 at Getafe in Escriba's final game in charge to drop to 14th in La-Liga, Villarreal's next match is a Europa League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel on Thursday.

The club has confirmed that it will soon announce a new Villarreal B coach.

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