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Feb 12, 2013

Vazquez hired to save Deportivo from drop

New Deportivo la Coruna coach Fernando Vazquez is well aware of the size of the task he faces in keeping the crisis-hit club in the Primera Division, but says that "nothing is impossible" in football.

Former boss Domingos Paciencia had offered his resignation directly after Saturday's disastrous 0-3 home defeat to fellow strugglers Granada and, although that was rejected at first by under-fire president Augusto C├ęsar Lendoiro, the Portuguese coach's departure after just six games was confirmed on Monday morning.

New man Vazquez has been given a contract only until the end of the season, but it will renew automatically should he oversee an escape from relegation. This looks unlikely with Depor rock bottom of the table, six points from safety, dressing-room morale low after three straight defeats and the club in financial meltdown.

Vazquez, who has also managed Galician sides Celta Vigo, Compostela and Lugo, admitted at his unveiling on Monday evening he knew what he was getting into.

"The truth is I feel a little emotional, because my chance has arrived and I hope not to let anyone down in a difficult moment," he said. "But I know that nothing is impossible. The idea now is to win eight games."

The veteran coach, 58, has plenty of experience of relegation battles, but has not coached a club since leaving Celta in April 2007. He said he knows what is required to turn things around at an embattled club.

"The task of picking teams up, bringing them back to life, has always suited me," he said. "I handle these situations well and I think I will be able to transform Deportivo, and get them performing better than they are at the moment.

"Anyone who looks at Deportivo's statistics can see that they have conceded 48 goals. This is just not acceptable. My idea is to get the team compact, serious and difficult to beat. I am not saying we will park the bus in front of the goal, but we need to be tough and competitive."

Long-serving president Lendoiro, now increasingly unpopular with Depor fans after the heavily indebted club entered administration last month, said he had no intention of paying heed to the supporters who called for his resignation during and after Saturday's defeat at Riazor.

"When people are angry, they can act like that at certain moments, but you must understand that and not give it more importance than it has," Lendoiro said. "At this moment, with the club in administration, what sense would a decision like that make?"

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