‘Domingos felt defeated’

Manuel Pablo has lifted the lid on why Coach Domingos Paciencia resigned so soon into his stay at Deportivo.

The Portuguese tactician [pictured] met with the team’s captains Pablo, Riki and Juan Carlos Valeron as well as President Augusto Cesar Lendoiro to discuss his future after the 3-0 home defeat this weekend to relegation rivals Granada.

Whilst the Coach initially decided to stay on, with the club sat in 20th position, he handed in his resignation on Monday morning, agreeing to leave by mutual consent.

The former Braga boss was only in the role for six weeks, having replaced Jose Luis Oltra at the turn of the year.

“Domingos told us that he felt defeated, exhausted and that he could not find the solution, but there was still time and perhaps another Coach can find the appropriate solution, because a lot of damage has been done, especially with the last four straight losses,” reflected full-back Pablo at today’s Press conference.

“If he thought that the team was against him, the captains told him that we were with him, but today we were told that an agreement was reached and the Coach left the club.”

Former Celta Vigo boss Fernando Vazquez is rumoured to be the immediate replacement to try and cut into the six-point gap to survival.

“The club have not said anything and I really do not know Fernando Vazquez, I just know that he has led many teams, some successfully and some not, but I do not know how he trains his teams.

“We need encouragement and for people to push forward with some enthusiasm, we need confidence to try and change the situation.

“But the players have talked about being more united than ever, to encourage us and to not be a losing team.”

Critics in recent weeks have rounded on the heavy Portuguese contingent within the club.

“We are united and it is true that they are under a bit of pressure, but here behind closed doors there are no Spanish, Portuguese, Canaries or whatever, we just want everyone to be more united than ever.”

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