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12 Feb 2013
Domingos Paciência leaves Deportivo after just 44 days in the job. His resigning was accepted after Lendoiro had a new meeting with the captains. It’s a consequence of suffering 4 straight defeats, including the last 0-3 loss against Granada CF.

It was officially announced on Monday’s morning: Domingos Paciência is on longer the coach of Deportivo. He tried to resign on Saturday, just after the devastating defeat against Granada CF, a loss that raised the anger at the Riazor, but in a first moment the team’s captains and president Lendoiro convinced him to rethink his decision.

On Sunday it was informed that Domingos was going to direct Monday’s training session, but minutes before the session the club announced that the Portuguese man was no longer the coach of Deportivo. In the end physical coach Miguel Ángel Fraganillo was the one that directed the training.

According to several sources, including Radio Galega, Marca and Radio Cadena Cope, Domingos returned to Portugal after the game and spent the whole Sunday in his homeland, on that night Lendoiro had a new meeting with the team’s captains and decided that the ex-Braga man should leave as the fans would not respect him after trying to leave the club, so in the end it was Lendoiro who changed his mind and ended accepting his resigning. The coach flied to A Coruña on Monday and visited Plaza de Pontevedra for the last time.

Also on Monday, captain Manuel Pablo addressed the media. The Canarian defender said that, “We told the president that we were supporting the coach, but then the coach told that the four straight defeats have hammered him and that he didn’t’ see the way out.”

Domingos only lasted 44 days in the job, in the period he only added four points in six matches, clinching a victory and a draw and then suffering four straight losses. The last one a 0-3 loss against Granada CF at the Riazor, a result that raised the protests from the stands. The Portuguese man got scared and preferred to leave the club as he didn’t see the way out from the relegation problems.

The coach that lasted lesser time at Depor was José Manuel Corral, who just stayed at the bench of the first team for seven days. He was an emergency solution after John Benjamin Toshack was fired. Toshack coached Depor for the first 23 games of the season 1996/97. Corral, who at the time was the trainer of Fabril, coached the first team for matchday 24 and was later replaced by Brazilian Carlos Alberto Silva. Precisely, the campaign 1996/97 was the last one in which Deportivo had three different coaches in one single liga tournament.

Domingos said good-bye through a letter that was later published by canaldeportivo.com:

 “With this brief statement I express my sincere gratitude to all club’s members and staff, the players at the squad and, of course, the fans for the support that I had, also for the rest of my staff in this time we spent together at Deportivo.”

“I leave impressed and grateful for the support gave by the fans to the team, even in the most difficult moments, and I´m sad, very sad, for the results.”
“Apart from the mistakes we have committed, we have been very unlucky in decisive moments as well, and why not? The errors of the referees have been expensive.”

“Now I ask you all, the media that follows the team and fans, to tirelessly support the team in this last stretch of la liga. I am convinced that salvation, the goal to follow at Primera, it’s still possible. There’s will, commitment and ability. My greatest desire is that Depor continue where it deserves.”
Forza Depor. Together we can!



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