Pique's Andorra appoint fiery Sarabia


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - FC Barcelona Training - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - February 24, 2020 Barcelona coach Quique Setien (right) and assistant coach Eder Sarabia (left) during training REUTERS/Ciro De Luca/File Photo

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona's Gerard Pique has appointed his side's former assistant coach Eder Sarabia as head coach of his own club FC Andorra.

Andorra handed Sarabia a two-and-a-half year contract on Monday after firing Nacho Castro despite winning two and drawing one of their last three games to take the team second in their division, one point behind leaders Gimnastic de Tarragona.

Pique's Kosmos investment group acquired Andorra, who compete in the Spanish third division, in December 2018. Sarabia is the third coach the team have appointed since his arrival.

Sarabia was number two to Quique Setien at Barcelona between January and August last season and the pair did not leave the best legacy as the team failed to win a trophy and endured a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

He also gained attention for his wild antics on the touchline.

During Barca's 2-0 defeat at Real Madrid last season, Sarabia was shown on camera loudly cursing a miss by Antoine Griezmann and shouting at Pique, also repeatedly using foul language.

"I have nothing to hide, I am how I seem: open, fearless and I always try to tell things how they are," Sarabia told newspaper Marca last December.

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Alison Williams)

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