Squad news


18 Oct 2011
For the first time since his arrival José Luis Oltra is questioned by the media and part of the fans; it’s the pressure for been one of the favourites in the race for promotion.

Only one point added within the last two liga games, plus an uncolored victory in Copa Del Rey, that was the resume of the week for Deportivo La Coruña. These poor results fired the criticism from the public and reporters covering the team; one of the main targets of the comments has been coach José Luis Oltra.

All started at mid-week after the Copa meeting with Alcoyano; Depor’s coach was upset as a reporter was saying that everybody at the stadium suffered a lot due to the narrow win; then he answered that, “I insist with respect, if you don’t want to suffer, then you can go and watch good movies at the cinema, because nobody is forced to come to the Riazor, and mainly as the team is right now.”

All the newspapers didn’t like his words and one day later La Voz de Galicia was attacking him as the paper wrote that Oltra is “getting into the trench” with his words and aggressive speech towards reporters. For the Galician newspaper he’s easily losing the nerves against tough questions at the press room, which just creates an unnecessary tension in his relation with the media.

The polemic continued during the weekend after Depor only achieved a disappointing 2-2 draw against Gimnástic Tarragona; Oltra said after the meeting that he was “content” with the performance of the team despite the criticism coming from reporters and the whistles coming from the fans. Newspaper La Opinión A Coruña described his words as “inappropriate” because the team needs a strong hand rather than soft words.

Neither the public are happy with the current situation of the team, and part of the criticism is going towards the coach, some people are even suggesting that Oltra should be fired in case of negative results in the coming three games. It’s an exaggeration, but clearly reveals the level of the pressure over Deportivo during this season, a pressure with which Oltra and the players must learn how to deal with it.

At least Oltra is receiving good news as it has been informed that Deportivo and Canarian club UD Vecindario have reached an agreement that will allow the Valencian man, and his assistant Chema Sanz, to sit on the bench for the coming official matches. The problem was a demand of Vecindario for a past complex collaboration deal between both clubs.

Depor should have played a friendly match at the Canary Islands, but it didn’t do it as Vecindario didn’t find any sponsor for the friendly match, then they present a demand asking compensation for €100,000, which raised to €900,000 with the interests. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), despite the final resolution of the case hasn’t been released, supported the position of Vecindario and cancelled the coaching license of Oltra and Sanz, reason why both men have been sitting at the stands since eight matches ago (six in liga and two in Copa).

Now Deportivo is open to pay €520,000 in order to solve the issue, but before the RFEF is asking to retire the demand present against it, which was presented by the ex-lawyer of the club, German Conchado, who felt attacked by the Spanish organism. It’s expected that the agreement could be announced this week, which means that Oltra would be on the bench for the visit to Córdoba CF (Saturday, 18h00 CET).



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