Deportivo La Coruna appoints Pepe Mel as new coach until end of the season

Deportivo La Coruna announced the sacking of Gaizka Garitano on Monday after four successive defeats had left the team just two points above the relegation zone.

However, they have wasted little time in finding a replacement, with Mel being drafted in for his 11th job in Spanish football.

The 54-year-old had been out of work for over a year after a second spell with Real Betis ended after just 46 games, but he is vastly experienced in Spain’s top flight.

Mel’s first match in charge comes against Atletico Madrid on Thursday, before he faces a key game with Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

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