Fernando Vazquez has been named new coach of Deportivo La Coruna.
He replaces Domingos Paciencia after his departure yesterday.
Deportivo said Vazquez has agreed a contract until the end of the season, which will automatically renew for a further season if they avoid relegation.
"Any other option will be at the mercy of the circumstances," club president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro said.
The 58-year-old Vazquez enjoyed success with local rivals Celta Vigo between 2004 and 2007, taking them from the Segunda Division to the UEFA Cup, but has been out of club football since leaving the Balaidos Stadium six years ago, holding the largely ceremonial position of head coach of the Galicia national football team since then.
"I am happy for this chance with Deportivo," Vazquez said. "I know this is a difficult time, but I am sure that nothing is impossible and the idea now is to win eight games."