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Tenerife turn to Clemente

Former Spain coach Javier Clemente is set to take over at CD Tenerife after Pepe Mel was sacked.

Former Spain coach Javier Clemente has taken over at CD Tenerife after the Primera División's bottom club dismissed Pepe Mel on Monday night.

Board meeting
The club's board met on Monday evening in the wake of the previous day's 2-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano, a defeat which left the club three points adrift at the foot of the Spanish first division.

Terms agreed
Clemente was due to arrive on Tuesday afternoon to sign a deal, having already agreed personal terms. Iñaki Ibáñez is expected to become his assistant. Mel took over at the start of this season but has only managed six victories in 26 matches. Tenerife lost 6-0 at home to FC Barcelona on 2 February and have not won since 6 January.

'Great responsibility'
Clemente is expected to take charge of Tenerife until the end of the season, telling Marca: "It is not just me who has to save this club but also the players and the fans. I am taking on a great responsibility but I have always had a good relationship with this island and I hope we can all get out of this together. I think we will be able to save this situation but we will have to win a lot of games."

World Cup experience
He led Spain to the quarter-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup but also oversaw their disastrous first-round exit at France 98. Clemente had a short spell in charge of Olympique de Marseille last season and has previously coached Real Sociedad, Real Betis Balompié, RCD Espanyol and Athletic Club Bilbao.

Precarious position
Tenerife have scored just 18 goals in 26 league matches this season, from which they have tallied 24 points. Sociedad currently occupy 17th spot, the final safe position, four points clear of Tenerife and with a far superior goal difference.