Deportivo appoint Oltra to lead them back to Primera Liga

10:54, May 29, 2011      

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Deportivo la Coruna have confirmed the appointment of Jose Luis Oltra as first team coach for next season.

Oltra has the job of taking Deportivo back to the BBVA Primera Liga after they were relegated on a dramatic last day of the season a week ago.

It is a swift return to management for the 42-year-old who had a spell with Almeria last season after replacing Juanma Lillo in November 2010. However, he was sacked by the club this April after being unable to provoke a reaction from a limited squad.

Oltra is best known for leading Tenerife to promotion to the Primera Liga in the 2009-10 season, but he was unable to maintain the club in the top flight the following year and his contract was not extended.

He will have a difficult job at his new club, given that the majority of Deprotivo's highest paid players will leave and he could be forced to rely on players who emerge from the club's youth system.

Elsewhere Betis have confirmed that Pepe Mel has agreed a new deal to remain as first team coach for the next three seasons. Mel has led Betis to promotion back to the BBVA Primera Liga from the Spanish second division this season after the Seville based club had suffered two years out of Spain's top flight.

Source: Xinhua
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