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ANQUELA IS THE NEW COACH

03 Jul 2019
Former Oviedo’s coach Juan Antonio Anquela is the new coach of Deportivo; he signed a one-year contract after a long career in football.

Juan Antonio Anquela is the new coach of Deportivo. The announcement was made on Tuesday and he was presented the same day. The Andalusian man signs a one-year contract and will be joined by Juan José Carretero as his second coach and Marcos Marcén as the physical trainer.

During his presentation, the Andalusian coach explained what it means to join Depor, "It’s a step forward for me, the most difficult challenge of my career. I come with a big hope. I came here for a project that attracts me deeply. For any coach it’s a luxury to train this team. I come with that desire and that strength to try, from minute zero, to put Depor where it deserves. I saw the two playoff games and the Riazor deserves to be like this, forever. The first objective is to give back the hope to the people "

Asked if the reduction of the budget can affect Depor’s hopes, he answered that, "Of course it influences, but I've had the luck of playing the promotion playoff with teams that would not even think we could get it. Money is important, but it isn’t something definitive. You have to make a team and that starts here, being all together. "

Then Anquela was asked why he lasted so much in signing after he was linked with Depor since Friday, "How long did it take me to decide? As soon as Carmelo called me, everything was decided. We are talking about Deportivo, you cannot put hot packs. I came for a sporting project. When they told me that there was the option of Depor, everything was separated. I sign only for one season because this has to be earned year after year.”

Anquela has been involved with football since 1982, as a player he managed to make 28 appearances at Primera with Elche CF (3 goals scored). He began his career as a coach 1997 in the club of his hometown, Real Jaén. It was 1997 and since then he started a career that has lasted 525 games at Segunda B, Segunda and Primera. Actually, he is the sixth coach with more games at Segunda (326) after Paco Herrera (457), Quique Martín (428), Luis César (425) and José Luis Oltra (350).

His most known stage was at AD Alcorcón, club where he spent five seasons, clinching the promotion to Segunda for the campaign 2009/10, the same one of the famous Alcorconazo eliminating Real Madrid from Copa Del Rey, reason why his nickname is ‘Anquelotti’ (his other nickname is The Cat).

Anquela coaches AD Alcorcón during two seasons at Segunda, in the last one he defeated Oltra’s Deportivo at Santo Domingo (4-0; September 24, 2011), the biggest defeat of the Galicians that year. The Jaén-born coach also worked later for CD Numancia, SD Huesca and Real Oviedo without too much success.

Anquela spent his last two seasons at Real Oviedo, it cannot be said that he completely failed, but the Asturians had high expectations despite their limited resources. For the campaign 2017/18, his team ended 7th and missed the playoff only by the tie-breaker with CD Numancia, while in the season that just ended he was fired on matchday 34 after his team only added one point in four games, still they were living close to the playoff zone.

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