Fernando Morientes announced as manager of CF Fuenlabrada

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The iconic former international striker has accepted the challenge of a modest start to his managerial career, with a club in the Spanish third-tier.

A few weeks back, Spanish radio network Cadena COPE speculated that former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker, Fernando Morientes, was set to form a part of the coaching staff of Rafa Benitez at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Whilst that ultimately didn't come to fruition, the 39-year-old hasn't been dissuaded from taking his first steps into senior management, after CF Fuenlabrada officially announced his appointment as their new first-team manager, on a two-year contract.

Currently in Segunda B Group 2, the Spanish third-tier, the Fuenlabrada press department enthused that the arrival of Morientes as manager, begins an exciting era for the club, who have strong ambitions of enjoying a positive 2015-16 campaign.

Along with having Morientes as manager, coincidentally, there's another Liverpool link with the small Madrid based club. The compact 2,500 Fuenlabrada stadium is named after none other than former Reds striker, Fernando Torres.

After a brief spell playing in the Madrid regional leagues last season with Santa Ana, this is the first senior managerial post for Morientes, who has previous youth coaching experience with Huracan Valencia and Real Madrid.

Morientes will be presented to the Fuenlabrada fans and hold a press conference, scheduled to take place at the Fernando Torres Stadium, on Monday 29th June.

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