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Irureta extends Deportivo reign

Published: Tuesday 11 May 2004, 22.49CET
Javier Irureta has been rewarded for leading RC Deportivo La Coruña to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Published: Tuesday 11 May 2004, 22.49CET

Irureta extends Deportivo reign

Javier Irureta has been rewarded for leading RC Deportivo La Coruña to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Coach Javier Irureta has had his contract extended by one year after guiding RC Deportivo La Coruña to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Unique achievements
The 56-year-old took charge of Deportivo, his eighth club, in 1998 and within two seasons had led the Galicians to their first Primera División title. A Spanish Cup success followed in 2002 and only the recent defeat by FC Porto denied Depor a first European final appearance.

Top four
Irureta's side will be back in the Champions League again next year, though, after securing a top-four domestic finish in his 20th season as a coach. "I am very grateful to the president and the board for placing their confidence in me for another year," Irureta said.

Quick deal
"I hope that we can continue developing along the same lines as we have done in previous years and that this agreement will be to the benefit of everyone involved. Once we had achieved our objective of earning a place in the Champions League then we sat down to negotiate the deal and everything was settled very quickly."

President's praise
Club president Augusto César Lendoiro added: "What he has done with Deportivo in the last few years has been very difficult to achieve."

 

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