See­dorf suf­fers los­ing start in La Liga as De­portivo boss

Global Times - - Sports -

Clarence See­dorf’s reign as coach of De­portivo La Coruna be­gan with a 1-0 de­feat at home to Real Betis on Mon­day that left his new club firmly in the rel­e­ga­tion zone in La Liga.

The for­mer Dutch in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder, 41, was ap­pointed by the Gali­cian side on a deal un­til the end of the sea­son with the aim of keep­ing them in Spain’s top flight af­ter the sack­ing of Cris­to­bal Par­ralo.

But a soli­tary goal early in the se­cond half from Loren Moron con­demned De­por to de­feat and stretched their run with­out a win to eight games.

See­dorf, the for­mer Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan star, saw his new charges de­nied twice by the frame of the goal, with Zakaria Bakkali curl­ing an ef­fort off the post in the first half and Florin An­done hit­ting an up­right from a tight an­gle with 20 min­utes left.

See­dorf is the only player in his­tory to have won the Cham­pi­ons League with three dif­fer­ent clubs. How­ever, he has only had two pre­vi­ous short and un­suc­cess­ful spells as a coach.

He coached AC Milan for 22 matches from Jan­uary to June 2014 and spent 14 matches at the helm of Shen­zhen in the Chi­nese se­cond di­vi­sion from July to De­cem­ber 2016.

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