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OLTRA PRESENTED AS DEPOR’S NEW COACH

30 May 2011
Jose Luis Oltra is the new coach of Deportivo; the official announcement was made on Saturday and on Sunday he was presented. The Valencian trainer will be the man that will try to put Depor back at Primera.

Deportivo already has a coach for the season 2011/12; it’s José Luis Oltra Castañer, a 42-year-old coach that has failed before to achieve the permanence with Almeria UD and CD Tenerife, but that has clinched a promotion to Primera. He was the first choice of Lendoiro and the negotiations lasted less than one week. President Lendoiro announced the news on Saturday and one day later he was presented at the Plata Club.

To mention that Oltra was close to accept a big offer from Greece, but as soon as he met the interest from Deportivo he returned to Spain and started to negotiate with the Galician club. He has signed a one-year contract with the option to extend it for one additional season in case that Deportivo achieves the promotion to Primera División.

The second coach of Depor’s first team will be Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Sanz Sánchez, a physical trainer that has been the assistant of Oltra since his days at Tenerife CD, while the physical coach will be Jose Ángel Franganillo. José Sambade Carreira will continue to be the keepers’ trainer.

Oltra has had two faces as a coach; he firstly showed good skills to manage teams at Segunda División as he made a very solid job with Ciudad Murcia (2006-2007) and as later he clinched the promotion with CD Tenerife after just two years at the club (2007-09), for this reason he is an idol in Tenerife. The problem is that later he was unable to save Tenerife (2009-10) and Almeria UD (2010-11) from the relegation to Segunda.

The Valencian coach has been described as an offensive manager, a man that likes to see his teams scoring a lot of goals, but that has had problems at defense. A curious thing, because Deportivo has lived the opposite scenario within the last years, especially during the last stages with Caparrós and Lotina.

The Catarroja-born man prefers to use a 4-4-2 lineup, always performing with two strikers and with two offensive wingers at the sides, plus two defensive pivotes. The question now is if he will switch the draw in order to allow the presence of a playmaker figure like Valerón.

On Saturday, Lendoiro gave a press conference and told to reporters that he never doubted about this election, ”We never had any doubt. We received several offers, but our report of Oltra is that he is a coach that has worked at the top whenever he has been. He is young, hopeful, with a good relationship with the team and likes to play good football.”

During his presentation, Oltra told to reporters that, “It’s a pride and a great satisfaction to be the coach of Depor; as soon as they told me that Depor was interested I stop thinking of other options. I would have travelled swimming if it was necessary. My main challenge now is to put Depor back at Primera, but it won’t be easy, because Segunda División is a tough league. We will surely need the support of the fans.” He also confirmed that he likes to practice an offensive game, “I like to see my teams carrying out with the weight of the game and always searching for the opposite goal, to see us as a brave team”

About the composition of the team ahead of the new season the Valencian coach said that, “So far we have only talked of general issues, but without analyzing any specific player and neither what positions must be reinforced. A few days ago, before knowing the interest of Depor, they asked me about Nino, and I said that I would not even doubt it; but now that I am here I need to analyze the needs of the team. We will talk of reinforcements in the coming days.”

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