June 6, 2019 / 2:19 PM / 12 days ago

Rubi leaves Espanyol to take over as Real Betis coach

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Espanyol - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - March 30, 2019 Espanyol coach Rubi REUTERS/Albert Gea

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Betis appointed Rubi as their new coach on a three-year deal on Thursday, with David Gallego taking his place at Espanyol.

Espanyol said Rubi, 49, had paid a release clause to leave the Catalan club. He replaces Quique Setien, whose departure from Betis by mutual consent was announced in May after a two-year tenure.

Former midfielder Gallego was previously in charge of the reserve team at Espanyol.

Seville side Betis ended the season 10th and three points behind seventh-placed Espanyol, who took the final Europa League qualification berth.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Christian Radnedge

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