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Spaniard Miguel Angel Lotina, who is stepping down as Cerezo Osaka manager at season’s end, will manage J. League first-division rival Shimizu S-Pulse next season, a source with knowledge of the matter said Saturday.

Shimizu released Australian manager Peter Cklamovski on Nov. 1 after just three wins from his 25 J1 games in charge. The club finished the season under manager Hiroaki Hiraoka at 16th in the 18-team J1, with seven wins, seven draws and 20 losses.

Lotina, who managed the J2’s Tokyo Verdy in 2017 and 2018, leaves Osaka after steering Cerezo to a fifth-place finish last year and fourth this season. In the 63-year-old’s first year in charge, Cerezo conceded the fewest goals in the first division.

Shimizu, however, conceded a J1-worst 70 goals this season, and has moved to bring in Japan keeper Shuichi Gonda on loan from Portuguese club Portimonense.

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