Just days after sacking Fernando Vasquez, the man who got them promoted, Deportivo La Caruna have announced Victor Fernandez as his successor.
Despite promotion back to La Liga at the first attempt, Depor still dispensed of Ferrnandez due to a ‘lack of confidence’, choosing Fernandez, who left his post at KAA Gent, as the man to lead them forward, as announced on the club’s official website.
"Victor Fernandez becomes new coach of Deportivo following agreement this afternoon between the technician and the club."
A successful past
The 53-year-old is an experienced practitioner, who has managed a number of clubs both in Spain and abroad
Fernandez has had spells at Porto, Celta Vigo, Tenerife, and two terms with Zaragoza and Real Betis.
Fernández won the Spanish Cup with Zaragoza in 1994 and the European Cup Winners Cup just a year later. He had success with Porto where he won a Portuguese Super Cup in 2004 and the Intercontinental Cup.
His predecessor Fernando Vasquez was fired just a week after signing a new two-year deal. Vasquez’s heavy chastisement of the Deportivo board saw him lose his job, as he criticised their transfer policy on local television station TVG:
"We can't get our first choice, which could be a great buy, so we end up buying option five, six or seven. We either never get them or we don't try and get them, that's our problem."
Shortly afterwards, Vasquez was relieved of his position, with the board unhappy with their manager’s comments, regardless of his achievements or recent contract extension.
They released the following statement: "The lack of confidence from the board towards the coach has led to this decision considering that, with pre-season not yet under way, it is still possible to turn this situation around to generate the atmosphere of confidence necessary in the first-team squad, and in order to develop a sporting and business project that allows Deportivo to be a competitive team, on every level, in the Primera Division.”
Cuenca on board
Also joining the club is former Barcelona player Isaac Cuenca. The winger was released by Barcelona after a multitude of injury problems, which have severely hindered his progress.
Cuenca did make 30 appearances for Barcelona, all of which came under Pep Guardiola during the 2011/12 season. The Spaniard signed a one year deal with the Galicia outfit.
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