Mel in for Garitano at Deportivo

La Liga strugglers Deportivo La Coruna have moved swiftly to replace Gaizka Garitano by appointing Pepe Mel as his replacement on Tuesday.

Garitano was sacked on Monday following a disappointing run of results, which left Depor sitting just two points above the relegation zone in 17th place.

The Galician club had not won a league game in 2017 and Saturday's 4-0 reverse at Leganes was their fourth defeat on the spin.

Mel, who has been out of a job since January 2016 when he was dismissed by Real Betis, takes over the reins at the Riazor until the end of the season initially.

Marca reports the 54-year-old Spaniard as saying: "I've come here to help and to give the confidence the players need.

"They have to believe in themselves. The only way to come out of this situation is to believe in what you do.

"It was difficult to say no to Depor. I'm enthusiastic, we have good players."

Meanwhile, a club statement read: "Pepe Mel has become the new RC Deportivo coach until the end of the season, with an option to extend the contract."

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