Alaves appoint former Girona boss Pablo Machin
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Deportivo Alaves have appointed Pablo Machin as their new manager, replacing Asier Garitano.

Machin, who had an agreement in place with Chinese Super League club Qingdao Huanghai, released a statement prior to his arrival at Alaves saying that he had cancelled that contract for 'personal reasons'.

Alaves, who had been without a manager since the sacking of Asier Garitano and spell under interim boss Juan Muniz, have now announced Machin's arrival via their official website and Twitter account.

Machin arrives with a good reputation

Famed for guiding Catalan side Girona to their first ever La Liga promotion in 2017, Machin led them to a top-half finish in their debut season.

That success saw the former Numancia manager move to Sevilla but he lost his job at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last year following the club's exit in the Europa League.

The 45-year-old then struggled at the RCDE Stadium with Espanyol before being sacked just before the winter break, leaving the club in the relegation zone, a position where they would ultimately finish and suffer relegation.

What is first on Machin's agenda at Alaves?

With the transfer window now open, Machin must look to improve his squad and bring in some new faces.

Ermedin Demirovic has departed the club this summer and it will be interesting to see what targets the former Girona boss has up his sleeve. 

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