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31 Dec 2012
Lendoiro confirmed that Oltra and his assistant, Chema Sanz, have been sacked after Deportivo suffered its worst start in liga. The decision was made before the shareholders meeting, but it was official until today.

It was clear that José Luis Oltra was living at the end of the rope after the recent results in la liga; the Galician outfit had only added two of the last twenty-four points in dispute and was lying at the bottom of the standings, suffering its worst run in liga after the first 17 matchdays. Many journalists were convinced that he was going to be sacked after the 0-2 loss visiting RCD Espanyol.

But somehow he wasn’t fired and even president Augusto César Lendoiro avoided to talk of the subject during the shareholders meeting, now it is known that the decision was already made at that point and that Depor’s boss was only waiting for the Christmas break in order to make the official announcement.

The official announcement took place on Sunday in a press conference held at the Riazor; Oltra wasn’t there, and Lendoiro said that, “Some minutes ago we had a reunion with Jose Luis Oltra and Chema Sanz, to whom we communicated the decision of canceling their contract with Deportivo. We thanked them for their services after the good run on the past season, which included a promotion with all the numbers in favour and a candid relation. But it was time to turn back the situation; it was tough to extend the situation beyond the current problems at the standings. “

“The decision wasn’t made today, but it was handled like this as we tried to take care of the relation with Oltra and Chema Sanz, which coincided with the Christmas break, so we decided to wait. We hope that in the coming hours or tomorrow we could confirm he name of his replacement. We made the decision before the shareholders meetings, and you can assume it as something that occurs within the silence. These aren’t pleasant decisions, but he assumed the call. We won’t reveal names until we have signed the contract with the new coach.” Lendoiro added.

The president also confirmed that the team’s captains were informed early on the day about the decision; he also commented that Valerón understood the reasons, but that he didn’t want to comment on the subject. Oltra will offer a last press conference on Monday, just after he says good-bye to the players.

Oltra arrived last season to Deportivo with the tough mission of clinching the promotion to Primera at the first attempt; the Valencian coach succeeded as his team completed a brilliant season, with problems at the beginning, but with a solid performance in a global sense that lead the Blanquiazul team to break several records, including the number of points in one single Segunda tournament (91).

Things were pretty different when the team reached the Primera División, after a promising start the team begun a dark period characterized by the large number of goals allowed (39 in 17 matches). It is the main reason why the team is ending the year 2012 as the last place in the league.

In the end Oltra coached Deportivo during 65 official games; the mark that he’s leaving is 34 victories, 12 draws and 19 defeats, with his team keeping a positive balance of +17: 109 goals in favour and 92 goals allowed.

Also, this is the first time in fifteen years in which a Deportivo’s coach won’t end the regular season. The last coach fired was Carlos Alberto Silva (Oct 16, 1997). Since that day Javier Irureta completed seven seasons (1998-2005), Joaquín Caparrós did it twice (2005-2007) and Miguel Ángel Lotina was there for four campaigns (2007-2011)



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