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Valladolid appoint Martinez
Jun 18, 2013 5:50 PM EST
Real Valladolid have confirmed that they have hired Juan Ignacio Martinez as their new manager.
The Spanish outfit have appointed Martinez on a two-year contract after Miroslav Djukic departed to join Valencia.
Djukic guided the Estadio Jose Zorrilla club to mid-table safety in their first season back in the the Spanish top flight, but opted to return to his former club after Ernesto Valverde departed following his failire to guide Valencia to UEFA Champions League qualification.
Martinez, who parted company with Levante after a campaign blighted by match-fixing allegations, will hope to continue Valladolid's progression.
A statement on the club's website read: "Juan Ignacio Martinez will be in charge of leading the new project at Real Valladolid, replacing Miroslav Djukic, who after two years with the Zorrilla has joined Valencia.
"The club and the new coach have agreed that 'JIM’, as he is known in the football world, is responsible for leading the first team for the next two season, with a third one as an option."
Martinez guided Levante to the UEFA Europa League for the first time in their history with a sixth place finish in 2011-12 but after a strong start to last season, Valencia's city rivals fell away and were unable to end the term in the top half.