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Deportivo La Coruna's coach Fernando Vazquez pictured before the Spanish La Liga match against Real Madrid at Riazor stadium in Coruna, northwest Spain on February 23, 2013
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Deportivo La Coruna's coach Fernando Vazquez pictured before the Spanish La Liga match against Real Madrid at Riazor stadium in Coruna, northwest Spain on February 23, 2013 (AFP Photo/Miguel Riopa)

Madrid (AFP) - Promoted Deportivo La Coruna have sacked coach Fernando Vazquez just weeks before the La Liga season gets underway, the Spanish club confirmed on Tuesday.

Vazquez, 59, had expressed his dissatisfaction with the club's recent transfer dealings after leading them back to the top flight in his first season in charge.

"The board of directors of Deportivo have decided to dispense with the services of Fernando Vazquez as first-team coach," the Spanish club said in a statement.

"He was informed of the decision by the president of the club, Tino Fernandez, in a meeting which took place this morning.

"Despite the situation arising in recent days, Deportivo La Coruna wish to sincerely thank Fernando Vazquez for his work during difficult times for the team and his work done since his arrival at the club.

"Our efforts are now focused on the search for a new first-team coach so that pre-season can commence on 14th July."

Deportivo La Coruna won promotion back to the La Liga this season after being relegated in 2013, and Vazquez renewed his contract last June until 2016.

The team from Galicia won their only Spanish title in 2000 and reached the 2004 Champions League semi-finals.

The new season gets underway on August 23.

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