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Lance Knight2010-05-08 09:15:32 +0000 #1
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Ex-Sevilla boss Caparros joins Depor

MADRID, June 8 (Reuters) - Deportivo Coruna have appointed former Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros to replace long-serving Javier Irureta, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.

'First I would like to thank Javier Irureta once again for the work he did over the seven years he was here and I hope that Joaquin Caparros will be here just as long,' Depor president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro told a news conference in La Coruna.

'Joaquin is a special man in the world of football because of the way he lives the sport and we are convinced he will bring more success to the club.'

Deportivo parted company last week with Irureta, who left after leading the Galicians to the biggest successes of their 99-year history during his seven-season spell in charge.

Under Irureta, Depor won the league in 2000, the King's Cup in 2002 and qualified for the Champions League five times.

Caparros, who left Sevilla last week after rejecting an offer of a contract extension following five successful years at the helm of the Andalucian club, said the Deportivo job was one of the most sought after in Spanish football.

'This is a very important day for me in my career,' said the 49-year-old. 'Deportivo has a reputation as being a very well run club and one that any coach would love to have the opportunity to work for.

'I will certainly be giving 100 percent to try and create a team that will make Deportivo that little bit greater as a club.'

Caparros took over at Sevilla after they were relegated to the second division in 2000 and steered them back into the top flight as champions in his first season in charge.

Last season he led the team to an impressive sixth-place finish and UEFA Cup qualification, their best performance in nine years and a feat he repeated this term.

Under Caparros, Sevilla became one of the most competitive and entertaining outfits in La Liga and the club earned a deserved reputation for nurturing some of the most exciting young talents in Spain.



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