Domingos Paciencia – Deportivo La Coruña’s saviour?

Posted: January 6, 2013 in Deportivo La Coruna, La Liga
Domingos Paciencia (right) unveiled as new Depor manager.

Domingos Paciencia (right) unveiled as new Depor manager.

I think it’s fair to say that Depor’s season, prior to Paciencia’s arrival, was nosediving. A humiliating 6-0 loss to Atletico Madrid was amongst the biggest of downs for the Galician contingent. With only two league wins and finding themselves rooted to the bottom of La Liga, a managerial change was needed; enter the former Sporting Braga manager, who did a superb job in Portugal, Domingos Paciencia. Paciencia – a name which, in Spanish, means patience: something the Depor fans were slowly beginning to lose. A club which was once so successful, not only in Spain but in Europe, too, now found itself back in La Liga only to be staring down at Liga Adelante in the early stages of the season.

Four days after his appointment, Paciencia found himself managing Depor against one of the inform La Liga sides, Malaga. Depor were, simply put, the better team throughout the whole game. They defended incredibly well, pressed well, isolated Isco to perfection and created a vast amount of chances. Pizzi, hitting the post in the first half, found himself scoring the only goal of the game in the second: he picked up the ball just outside the box, turned Demichelis not once, but twice, and finished with power and aplomb; a truly fantastic goal to grant Depor only their third win of the season.

Deportivo’s star man this season, Pizzi, will only get better under the tutelage of Paciencia: a man whom he worked with during his Sporting Braga days. On that note, I feel that, as cliché as it may sound, all the Portuguese men at the club will thrive under Paciencia. Not only is he fantastic when it comes to man-management, he’s also very good a knitting a squad together and making every player feel as if they’re an important asset to the club. As seen at Braga, Paciencia worked with a very tight budget and was still able to break the ‘top three’; it is because of his work at that club, that they’ve come to expect more from their seasons.

I’m not saying Paciencia will have that effect at Depor, but I do feel that he can turn that club around. He can, as mentioned previously, work with a very tight budget. He’ll squeeze every ounce of class out of his players and pull them out of the bottom; they currently sit in 19th place, only two points away from safety. In hindsight, it isn’t all doom and gloom in El Riazor, but a managerial change was definitely needed to freshen up the club’s season and philosophy.

I expect Paciencia will end up having a very good spell at Deportivo, he seems like the perfect man for the job. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned them into a mid-table team within the next two seasons.



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