Posted: Sunday December 30, 2012 7:21 PM

Deportivo hires Paciencia to replace fired Oltra

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LA CORUNA, Spain (AP) -Deportivo La Coruna has hired former Sporting Lisbon manager Domingos Paciencia to replace fired coach Jose Oltra.

Deportivo said on its club website Sunday that it had hired the Portuguese coach hours after club president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro announced that Oltra had been fired.

The promoted Deportivo is in last place in the Spanish league after just two wins through the first 17 rounds this season.

Oltra guided Deportivo back from one campaign in the second division last season, but was unable to carry over its success into the top flight. His attacking style proved particularly misguided as Deportivo leads the league with 39 goals allowed.

"We decided that now is the ideal moment to make a change,'' said Lendoiro.

Lendoiro also said that the indebted Deportivo would finalize its petition for bankruptcy protection during the coming week.

The Galician club located in northwestern Spain is three points from safety. Its next game is on Jan. 5 when it hosts Malaga at Riazor stadium.

Oltra is the third coach to be dismissed this season in Spain's top division.

Paciencia was let go by Sporting in February after a run of poor results.
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