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50 MATCHES FOR OLTRA

20 Sep 2012
Never before a coach had won so many games at Deportivo after completing 50 official appearances; the personal mark of Oltra is pretty impressive though his positive streak is coming from Segunda División.

Time to revisit the work of José Luis Oltra after completing fifty official matches at Deportivo; the Valencian man has coached the Blanquiazul outfit during 46 games in liga (42 at Segunda and 4 at Primera) plus 4meetings in Copa Del Rey. He has achieved a personal mark of 33 victories, 7 draws and 10 defeats, with his team scoring 94 goals only allowing 57.

This is a club record for a coach completing his first fifty matches at the club; the precedent was José Irulegui Germadia, who assumed control of the team in 1974, dark period that put Deportivo at Segunda B. He clinched the promotion back to Segunda, but resigned before fulfilling 50 official games leaving his personal mark in 30 victories in 49 official presentations ((5 at Segunda, 38 at Segunda B and 6 in Copa Del Rey)

Fifty-eight men had coached the first team in the centenary history of Deportivo, and only ten of them were able to stay at the club for 50 or more straight official meetings, including Arsenio Iglesias, who coached the team in three different opportunities always staying beyond the 50th official presentation.

First 50 official matches at Depor:

Coach

Years

Wins

Draws

Losses

GF

GA

Oltra

2011-12

33

7

10

94

57

Arsenio

1982-83

26

10

14

60

40

Barrio

1959-60

26

7

17

100

76

Caparros

2005-06

23

12

15

68

57

Orizaola

1965-66

23

10

17

77

50

Arsenio

1970-71

22

13

15

55

45

Rios

1986-87

21

14

15

62

54

Toshack

1995-96

19

16

15

77

51

Lotina

2007-08

19

11

20

58

59

Arsenio

1987-88

18

17

15

62

49

Irureta

1997-98

16

17

17

56

56

Lafuente

1943-44

11

14

25

73

118

Comparing the stats it can be noticed the poor initial mark of Javier Irureta, this no matter that he was the one that conquered the liga title. What helped Oltra and other coaches like Arsenio was the fact they achieved big part of their victories at Segunda División, while others like Jabo, Joaquín Caparrós and John Benjamin Toshack did it in a tougher league as the Primera División.

Also to notice that since the arrival of Lendoiro to the presidency only nine men have coached the club and four of them –the last four- have stayed at the club for 50 or more matches. The only ones that skipped the mark were José Manuel Corral García (37 games), Carlos Alberto Silva (24) and Marco Antonio Boronat (42).

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