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28 Dec 2012
Lendoiro is a president not used to change the coach at the middle of a season, but this could be the fourth opportunity since the previous return to Primera División in which there’s a change on the bench . Only Lotina survived an ultimatum.

Tough situation for José Luis Oltra; the Valencian coach will be fired in case of losing at home against Malaga CF, the inevitable outcome after a poor season that’s leaving Deportivo at the bottom of the standings. This could be the fourth time in which a Depor’s coach is fired in the middle of a season since the campaign 1991/92, the one that marked the return to Primera after two decades of exile.

It’s also the second ultimatum within the last decade. Almost five years ago there was an ultimatum over Miguel Ángel Lotina as Depor lived at the limit during the beginning of the liga tournament, but the Basque coach passed the test facing Real Valladolid at the Riazor (Jan 27, 2008; 3-1 win). At the time the Blanquiazul team ended the first round as the penultimate place at the standings and later completed a spectacular second round to end securing a place at the Intertoto Cup.

In the previous three cases there were different situations that lead the coaches out of Deportivo. The last time Lendoiro fired a coach in the middle of a season was for the campaign 1997/98; at the time Brazilian Carlos Alberto Silva was fired after six matchdays in la liga as his team only won once and was early eliminated in the UEFA Cup by French outfit AJ Auxerre. Curiously the match that dictated sentence was a home meeting against Real Valladolid, a game that ended 1-3 (Oct 15, 1997). Silva was replaced by José Manuel Corral, who left Depor in a mediocre 12th spot at the end of that campaign.

On the season 1996/97 the victim was John Benjamin Toshack, but on that opportunity the situation was more complex. The Welsh completed a great start of season and was even able to reach matchday 18 without been defeated. Depor were fighting the liga title with Real Madrid, but the strong character of Toshack brought him problems with both, the fans and the players.

He made obscene gestures to the fans at the Riazor after they protested a substitution, and also had a conflict with Rivaldo after the Brazilian was replaced after just 30 minutes and because he wasn’t fulfilling the orders of the coach. So, after seven games without clinching the victory at the middle of the season, Lendoiro decided to fire him as Depor were unable to beat RC Celta at the Riazor (Feb 9, 1997; 2-2).  Deportivo was 4th at the standings and only advanced one position at the end of the tournament with the arrival of Carlos Alberto Silva.

On the season 1991/92, Deportivo was returning to Primera División in what was a similar situation to the one lived in the present by Oltra. At the time Marco Antonio Boronat was the head coach. Before matchday 30 he had only won six games and his team was just one point above relegation. The Galicians were coming after a 1-4 loss at FC Barcelona and were now visiting Albacete (Apr 12, 1992). That game turned to be a disaster and the Galician outfit suffered a painful 0-3 loss; then Lendoiro decided to fire the coach and he was replaced by Arsenio Iglesias, who clinched the permanence and who later starred the birth of the ‘Super Depor’ era.



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