Lotina says farewell to Depor
Deportivo La Coruna coach Miguel Angel Lotina has left the Galician outfit in the wake of the club's relegation to the second division this weekend.
Depor, who are the only side other than Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia to have been crowned Spanish champions in the last 15 seasons following their title-winning triumph in 2000, saw their 20-year stint in the top flight come to an end after they lost 2-0 at home to Valencia on Saturday.
That result on the final day of the season, combined with Real Zaragoza's 2-1 win over Levante, left Depor in the third and final relegation spot - a point behind Getafe and Real Mallorca, and they thus joined Hercules and Almeria in going down.
The 53-year-old Lotina, who took over Depor in 2007 and led the club to top-ten finishes - ninth, seventh and tenth in his three previous seasons in charge - said his farewell in an open letter today.
"I would've liked (to say goodbye) in another way, with the team in the Primera Division, but we haven't been able to do it, despite the extraordinary effort that everyone has made, from the players to our fans," Lotina said.
Lotina, who said he had taken the decision to leave a while ago, added: "I'm deeply sorry for not being able to take this ship to a safe harbour, but I assure you it was not for want of trying. I want to say thanks and to apologise.
"I will take with me the memory of a great club and the affection that the fans have shown me, even in these recent days which have been so difficult for all.Hercules and Almeria did not have worse squads than Deportivo but I can say that up to ten sides who will continue in the Primera Division did not have better than us."