Former Getafe player Cosmin Contra has taken over from the sacked Luis Garcia and has been given the instruction to keep the club in the top flight. Getafe have not won in 12 La Liga games and sit just a point above the bottom three, but Contra has vowed to impress supporters.
Contra spent five years as a Getafe player, finishing his playing career with the Madrid-based club, and had been managing Romanian club Petrolul Ploiesti. He had been strongly linked with the Getafe job during the club’s woeful run but has taken over with just 11 games of the season to play.
He has been told by the club’s board that his job is to maintain Getafe’s La Liga status, which will be a tough task considering they have not won since November. The club are 17th in the table and dismissed long-serving boss Luis Garcia on Sunday following a 2-0 defeat to bottom side Betis.
The club could wait no longer after sitting through 12 dismal games, picking up just 4 points and plummeting from 6th to 17th in the process. In Garcia’s two years with the club he guided them to respectable mid-table finishes but could not rectify the club’s recent downward spiral.
“It’s a sad day. I hope with all my heart that Getafe continue in the Primera Division,” he said after he had been relieved of his duties.
“It’s been 113 official games in which, taking away the last 12, we’ve fulfilled the objective. The last two years have been very good. In the cup we’ve knocked out great teams, there were good moments when we beat Barca and Real Madrid. This bad run has been the worst moment.”
Contra will aim to end this run against Granada on Friday night but his new players can take heart from his previous managerial record. The Romanian took Petrolul into the Europa League last year by winning the domestic cup, losing out to former Getafe boss Brian Laudrup’s Swansea City in a play-off round. Upon his presentation as new boss, Contra outlined his ideals.
“I like good football, being attacking and that the team presses opponents. Certainly, we’re going to play football, create chances, maintain our intensity and that way, fans will come to the stadium,” he told reporters at his official unveiling.
“I’m the type of manager who looks at the qualities of the players and tries to choose the best formation possible, so what I set out could change each game.
“I don’t need to adapt, because I already feel at home here and on Friday, we want to win. I believe that my personality will be enough to get us going.”
Getafe will need a major overhaul if Contra believes he can get this team playing attacking football; the club has scored just 6 times in the last 13 league matches and have failed to score on 14 occasions so far this season. If the team can finally start scoring on a regular – or consistent basis – then t=Contra may have a chance of saving the club who idolise him so greatly.
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