Santander hires Cervera as 3rd coach of season


SANTANDER, Spain (AP) -- Racing Santander has hired its third coach of the season, signing Alvaro Cervera from Recreativo Huelva until the end of the season.

The struggling Spanish club this week fired Juan Jose Gonzalez, who led a three-man coaching crew that had replaced Hector Cuper in December. Santander is 18th in the league and three points from safety.

Cervera's contract with Recreativo Huelva was dissolved. The former Santander player got off Recreativo's team bus at a service station near Seville to return and negotiate his new deal while the second-division club continued on to Almeria for a match.

Cervera, a former Spain international, is expected to be on the sidelines Sunday when Santander hosts three-time defending champion Barcelona at the Sardinero stadium.