Newly appointed Deportivo La Coruna boss Clarence Seedorf has said he is relishing the challenge of helping the Galician side avoid relegation.
Friday evening’s 5-0 thumping at the hands of Real Sociedad was the final nail in the coffin for owners of the Galician side, seeing them slip back into the relegation places and sit three points from safety, having not won in seven games in the league.
Cristobal was only promoted from the B team in October to take over at the club, but nine defeats and three wins has seen him lose his job.
Former Real Sociedad boss Martin Lasarte was heavily linked with the role, but his rejection has seen the Riazor outfit look towards former Dutch international Seedorf.
“I like challenges and we have targets to reach this season,” Seedorf told his press conference upon his appointment.
“This is an attractive job, a great club with many high quality players and I am confident we will improve our results quickly.
“This is a squad which has many qualities and I am convinced many of these players can achieve better results, but technically and tactically we are good.
“Of course this is a difficult situation but the group needs a lift and we want Real Betis to face an unrecognisable team on Monday in our first match.
“Everybody here is desperate to emerge from this situation, and I think the main challenge is psychological rather than in terms of skill.”
The Dutchman ended his glittering playing days in 2014, before taking a short term role as boss at former club Milan in Italy, where he lasted just 22 days with a win percentage of 50%.
His time spent with Chinese side Shenzhen was also less than flattering, securing just four wins in his 14 games in charge before his aptly relieved of his duties.
Seedorf’s first game in charge will see Depor face Real Betis next Monday evening, before a visit to Alaves.