Football: Struggling Mallorca hire Manzano

Real Mallorca said Tuesday they have reached an agreement for Gregorio Manzano to take over as coach, a day after they fired Joaquin Caparros.

The Liga club made the announcement in a brief statement on their website.

A run of 13 defeats in 17 league games that saw the Islanders drop to second bottom in the table ultimately cost Caparros his job.

Club president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer said Monday a change was needed to give them a chance of survival come the end of the season.

Manzano, who has been Mallorca manager on two previous occassions, has now been entrusted with that challenge and will be formally presented on Tuesday afternoon.