Deportivo name Fernandez coach, sign Cuenca

Deportivo La Coruna have named Victor Fernandez as their new coach.

The much-travelled Fernandez takes over the reins of the newly-promoted Primera Division club following this week's sacking of Fernando Vazquez.

A Depor statement read: "Victor Fernandez becomes the new coach of Deportivo after an agreement was reached this afternoon between the coach and the club.".

Zaragoza-born 53-year-old started his coaching career at his home-town club and led them to the 1994 Copa del Rey and 1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He then went on to manage the likes of Tenerife, Celta Vigo, Real Betis and Porto, with whom he won the Intercontinental Cup in 2004. He was most recently in charge of Belgian side Gent.

Promotion-winning coach Vazquez was dismissed on Tuesday only six weeks before the new season starts.

The 59-year-old Vazquez took charge of the former Primera Division champions towards the end of the 2012/13 season 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.

Cuenca signs one-year deal
Meanwhile, Depor have confirmed the signing of former Barcelona forward Isaac Cuenca on a one-year deal.

The 23-year-old played 30 times for Barça's first team under Pep Guardiola during the 2011/12 season, but suffered a serious knee injury towards the end of that campaign that required surgery.

When he returned to action Cuenca joined Ajax on loan in January, 2013, but saw his spell in the Netherlands cut short by another knee injury and his contract with Barça was cancelled on Thursday morning.

"Isaac Cuenca Lopez Tarragona is, after having been released by FC Barcelona, a new player of Deportivo," read a statement.

"The Catalan, who has played for Sabadell, Barcelona and Ajax, joins Depor for a season.

"Cuenca passed the relevant medicals in Catalonia."