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Villarreal boss Fran Escriba to remain in charge for 2017-18 campaign

Fran Escriba took charge of Villarreal last summer.

Villarreal have announced that coach Fran Escriba will continue at the club for another season.

The 52-year-old took the reins last summer on a one-year contract and steered the team to a fifth-place finish in La Liga to qualify for next season's Europa League.

A club statement read: "Villarreal CF and Fran Escriba have reached an agreement for the coach to continue to guide the Submarine during the 2017-18 campaign."

Escriba had big shoes to fill as his predecessor Marcelino, recently appointed as Valencia coach, led Villarreal to fourth in La Liga in 2015-16.

Marcelino was then unexpectedly sacked in August just days before Villarreal's Champions League playoff against Monaco.

Escriba, a former Elche and Getafe boss, did not accomplish the aim of guiding Villarreal into the Champions League group stage and instead entered the Europa League, where the club were eliminated by Roma in the round of 32.

Villarreal won 19 games in La Liga this season, including five of their final six, and lost nine to finish fifth in the standings.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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