Lotina leaves Deportivo following relegation

Coach Miguel Angel Lotina has left Deportivo La Coruna after the

Spanish club was relegated to the second division for the first

time in 20 years.

Lotina leaves the Galician club after four seasons having failed

to keep it in topflight football following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to

Valencia. Deportivo dropped despite reaching 43 points, a league

record.

Lotina says in a letter to fans, ”I wish I could have left some

other way, with the team in the first division, but we were unable

to do it.”

Deportivo won one league title and two Copa del Reys during in

its most recent stint in topflight Spanish football. It joins

Almeria and Hercules in the second tier from next season.