Depor part company with Vazquez

Deportivo La Coruna have sacked coach Fernando Vazquez only six weeks before the new season starts.

Vazquez took charge of the former Primera Division champions towards the end of the 2012/13 campaign and was unable to save them from relegation, but achieved promotion back to Spain's top flight at the first time of asking.

The Galicians finished second, behind Eibar, in the Segunda Division last term, while Cordoba won the play-off final.

However, Depor have announced on their official website that president Tino Fernandez has decided to relieve Vazquez of his duties, informing the coach of his fate in a meeting held this morning.

A statement read: "The Deportivo board has decided to dispense with the services of Fernando Vazquez as first-team coach.

"The lack of confidence from the board towards the coach has led to this decision considering that, with pre-season not yet underway, 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.

"Despite the situation that has arisen in these last few days, Deportivo would like to sincerely thank Fernando Vazquez for his work in these difficult times since he arrived at the club."

The statement added that the board had already begun the search for Vazquez's successor and hoped to have a new coach in place by the time pre-season starts on 14 July.