Pepe Mel has been appointed as the new head coach of Deportivo La Coruna, the club have announced.
The Galician side sacked Gaizka Garitano in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to fellow LaLiga strugglers Leganes.
“Jose Mel Perez has become the new coach of Deportivo until the end of the season, with the option to extend,” a club statement confirmed on Tuesday.
Deportivo are only two points above the relegation zone – having played one game less than the bottom three – after a run of four league defeats in a row.
Their last victory came on December 21, when they beat Real Betis – who sacked Mel in January 2016 – in a Copa del Rey clash at the Riazor.
Mel’s first match in charge will be against Atletico Madrid on Thursday, before they travel to third- bottom Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
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