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Oltra hanging on to Deportivo job

December 18, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Deportivo la Coruna coach Jose Luis Oltra says he is not worried about his future despite Monday night's 0-0 draw at home to Real Valladolid, which keeps his side rock bottom of the Primera Division table.

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GettyImagesJose Luis Oltra's replacement has a major task on his hands to keep Depor in La Liga

The result means Depor have taken just two points from their last six games, and 12 from 16 overall this season, but the former Tenerife and Almeria boss claimed to have seen positive signs of improvement in the performance at Riazor.

"The feeling I have is the same as everyone has: dissatisfaction, above all, with the result, after a long week of work," Oltra said. "The team has improved, but we did not win. We were much more solid and defensively better, and we had some good moments. But we did not do enough to get the three points."

Reports in the Galician media claim that Oltra is unlikely to lose his job ahead of next weekend's relegation six-pointer at 19th-placed Espanyol, but another loss there could see Depor president Augusto Lendoiro forced into action.

"We must persevere and keep working," the coach said. "We got a point from this game, and now we need to try to get three more against Espanyol. I am not questioning myself and I am calm. I believe in the group and in myself. I am not important, the important thing is Deportivo."

Oltra's future is further complicated by the club's continuing financial problems, which could see Depor seek protection from creditors by entering into administration under Spain's Ley Concursal (Bankruptcy Act).

More news on this is expected at Depor's annual AGM on Friday, where Lendoiro will reportedly announce accounts detailing his plans for dealing with the club's €100 million debts.