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09 Apr 2019
José Luis Martí is the new coach of Deportivo, the former player of Sevilla CF have experience at Segunda as he coached CD Tenerife in three different seasons, he even managed the team during a playoff round.

The club announced on Monday that the new coach is José Luis Martí . He is signing for the remaining of the season with the chance to extend the contract for one additional season in case of clinching the promotion to Primera.

José Luis Martí is 43. He had a long career as a player (centre midfielder) performing for two decades in only four clubs: RCD Mallorca, CD Tenerife, Real Sociedad and Sevilla CF. His best years came on last decade winning twice the UEFA Cup with Sevilla CF (he played all the minutes in the finals against Middlesbrough and RD Espanyol).

The Canarian man ended his career in 2015 playing for the club that allowed his professional debut: RD Mallorca (697 official matches as a professional). Only six months later he was debuting as a coach at CD Tenerife.

At the time, the Canarian team was at Segunda and was already having relegation problems after only 11 matchdays, he replaced Raúl Agne and the team ended at midtable, nine points below the playoff zone, this after adding 11 wins, 12 draws and only 8 defeats in 31 games.

He stayed for the campaign 2016/17 and CD Tenerife made an exceptional job ending fourth; in the first round of the playoffs the Canarian team faced Getafe CF and won 1-0 the first-leg, only to lose 3-1 in the second, so only one goal was the difference to reach the final round. Marti was renewed for an additional season, but only lasted 25 matchdays on the campaign 2017/18, because the team was only one point above demotion after adding 7 wins, 9 draws and 9 defeats.

Martí is now the ninth coach of Deportivo after five years with president Tino Fernández. The previous men that sat on the Galician bench were Fernando Vázquez, Víctor Fernández, Víctor Sánchez del Amo, Gaizka Garitano, Pepe Mel, Cristóbal Parralo, Clarence Seedorf and Natxo González.


He was presented on Monday’s afternoon. Carmelo Del Pozo was explaining the reasons why Natxo González was fired, “The decision was tough, we had to leave a great professional on the way. It’s true that the dynamic wasn’t giving us the sense that things can change, that’s why we decided to change the coach. The feelings transmitted by the team within the last weeks weren’t good, but we understood that Natxo also had the right to recover the players that were injured, but when they returned and the feelings were still the same, then we thought that the change was needed.”

Then Martí was talking of what it means to join Depor, “I want to thank Deportivo for this great opportunity and for this great challenge. It’s always important to land in a club with a big history. Nine games are remaining, but we are hopeful in facing the challenge and getting the goal. I had chances with other clubs throughout the season, but this is a big club and, yesterday when they called him, we hurried up the options.”

The Canarian coach also talked of what he wants with the team, “We want to be aggressive and have the weight of the games and, when we have to suffer, we should know how to do it. I want a brave team. The difference is seven points [with direct promotion], but this week I can only cut the difference in three points, and that’s the goal now.” I know the league, I lived a playoff in a complicate situation, so I know what the league needs and how hard it is, that’s why we cannot lose time and since tomorrow we will transmit to the players what the coach wants. The important thing is what the players transmit, since tomorrow I will talk to them and will analyze what they say. I will try to unblock them. They have the ability to do things and my job is to see them unleashing their skills. We all want the promotion, and it doesn’t matter how it is achieved.”



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