J-League first-division side Urawa Reds appointed Ricardo Rodriguez as their new manager on Tuesday, two days after he guided Tokushima Vortis to their maiden second-division title ensuring a return to the top flight.

The 46-year-old Spaniard, who has managed Tokushima since 2017, will replace outgoing manager Tsuyoshi Otsuki after Urawa finished the season in 10th with 13 wins, seven draws and 14 losses.

Tokushima Vortis coach Ricardo Rodriguez (3rd from L, front) lifts the trophy at Best Denki Stadium on Dec. 20, 2020, in Fukuoka. (Getty/Kyodo)

"I'm happy to be able to work at this great club," Rodriguez said through Urawa. "We'll aim to play aggressive attacking soccer and fight vigorously in defense too. We'll give our all to amass wins and reach the top."

Tokushima will play their second season in the Japanese top flight next year and first since a one-year spell in 2014.

Rodriguez will remain in charge of Tokushima for the upcoming Emperor's Cup.

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