Sun, 05 Dec 2021

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Former Real Madrid and Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago has been appointed head coach of Racing Club on a 14-month contract, the Argentinian Primera Division side said on Thursday.

The 35-year-old replaces Claudio Ubeda, who had been appointed on a caretaker basis following the departure of Juan Antonio Pizzi in August.

"I can promise that I will try to make the team attractive to watch and hungry for success, with a desire to fight for 90 minutes," Gago told a news conference.

"The players know my way of playing football, which is to try to dominate the opposition with intensity, aggression and a desire to win," he added.

Gago's only previous managerial experience was a three-month spell with Aldosivi, which ended in September after a seven-game losing run.

As a player, Gago earned 61 Argentina caps and was a key member of the Albiceleste side that reached the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

He retired in November last year after a series of crippling knee and Achilles injuries.

Racing are currently 14th in the 26-team Primera Division standings. Gago's first match in charge will be an away clash against 16th-placed Rosario Central on Saturday.

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