Lucas Alcaraz has been appointed Algeria coach – three days after being sacked by La Liga strugglers Granada.
The Algerian football federation confirmed the 50-year-old’s appointment on its website on Thursday, saying he will take office in the coming days.
He replaces Belgian Georges Leekens, who resigned after Algeria’s group-stage exit from the African Nations Cup earlier this year.
Granada-born Alcaraz has enjoyed a two-decade-long managerial career in Spain with the likes of Almeria, Recreativo, Cordoba and Levante, but has never coached outside his homeland and represents a left-field choice by the Algerian federation.
The North African heavyweights had been linked with moves for both ex-Middlesbrough coach Aitor Karanka and another Spaniard, Joaquin Caparros, who had been the frontrunner for the post.
Alcaraz, who has been appointed by new FAF chief Khereddine Zetchi, will hope to end a period of instability for Algeria, who have now had four full-time coaches in just over a year