On Sunday, Deportivo La Coruña sacked coach Cristobal Parrolo leaving the club’s future hanging perilously in the balance. They are back in the relegation zone with only 17 points from this season. Nightmare defeats with the 7-1 loss to Real Madrid and 5-0 loss at Real Sociedad in recent weeks have left fans and club reeling. Will the Blues and Whites be able to drag themselves out of a hole? It seems increasingly unlikely.
Inability to defend from corners
Their defensive record this season has been dismal. In particular, their inability to defend from corners has cost them. For every 16 rival corners, Depor concedes a goal. Considering the past 10 games alone, the ratio is even worse at a goal for every 10 corners. Deportivo usually experiences 10.45 corners per match, so statistically, they are giving away at least one goal in every match.
A new untested coach
Almost everyone was taken by surprise by the appointment of Clarence Seedorf as the new manager. The Dutchman has a win rate of just 50% during his time coaching Milan and only 4 wins from 14 during his time at Chinese Super League club Shenzhen.
It’s rather telling that the favourite for the job, unemployed manager Martin Lasarte turned it down because he could not clearly see the team’s vision or the project that was put on the table. Seedorf seems to have been appointed as an afterthought, even though the Dutch legend is surely keen to make his mark on La Liga. With such a tough first challenge ahead, it seems doubtful he will be able to pull the team together.
Not enough money spent in the transfer window
Deportivo may have been active this January, but the signings don’t seem to have an immediate impact on the current lineup. The club acquired goalkeeper Maksym Koval on loan, while defender Boveda and midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli came through a free transfer. By not properly shoring up the defense, the owners seem to be condemning the team to a continue free fall.
Tonight’s match featuring Las Palmas and Málaga could see Deportivo lose another place depending on the result. The new manager needs to focus critically on the defense if they are to have any hope of getting out of the hole.