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28 Feb 2017
Pepe Mel is the new coach of Deportivo. The Madrilenian will stay until June. He will direct his first training on Tuesday and will debut in Thursday as the Galicians host Atlético Madrid.

José "Pepe" Mel Pérez is the new coach of Deportivo and the fifth since the arrival of president Tino Fernández.  The Madrilenian will direct Depor’s first squad until June and has the mission of recovering a team that’s at the edge of the relegation zone and with a difficult calendar as it plays four games in the coming two weeks. He arrives on Tuesday in order to sign and it’s expected that he will direct his first training session on Tuesday and will debut on Thursday as Depor host Atlético Madrid.

Mel arrives with his own team, which includes Roberto Ríos as the second coach and David Gómez as the physical trainer. The current physical trainer, Julio Hernando, who arrived together with Garitano, will stay though in a different section at the club.

The Madrilenian coach has a long career, both as a player and as a coach. His managerial career includes 501 official games in Spain, more recently he worked with Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis. He also lived a stage at the Premier League with West Bromwich though it only lasted 17 games.

For the season 2014/15, he clinched the promotion to Primera with Betis, but one year later he was fired after 19 matchdays, it was a tense situation at the Andalusian club as he had problems with the players and with the board of directors, this after criticising the police with the signings.

Mel is considered as an offensive coach that likes to use a 4-4-2 formation; curiously in his career as a player (more than 300 games in Spain) he was part of the Betis’ team that played the demotion playoff with Depor in 1992, same one that allowed the arrival of the Super Depor era.



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