Miguel Ángel Lotina
Lotina as a Deportivo coach
|Full name||Miguel Ángel Lotina Oruechebarría|
|Date of birth||18 June 1957|
|Place of birth||Meñaka, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2007–2011||Deportivo La Coruña|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lotina started playing football with local outfit Gernika Club, representing CD Castellón from 1981 to 1983. In his only season in La Liga he scored three goals in 21 games for the Valencian, who ranked 18th and last.
In the 1983 summer, Lotina signed with CD Logroñés. After netting 22 goals in two Segunda División seasons combined with the Riojan – also representing the club in Segunda División B – he contributed with two in 14 matches in the 1986–87 campaign, as the club promoted to the top flight for the first time ever, after finishing second to champions Valencia CF; he retired from the game in 1988 at the age of 31, without having appeared in the first division with his main club.
After starting coaching with Logroñés' reserves, Lotina managed the club in two separate stints in the 90's (11 games). In 1995–96, whilst in charge of CD Numancia, he helped the Soria team reach the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, with the third division outfit ousting three top flight clubs – Real Sociedad, Racing de Santander and Sporting de Gijón – before bowing out to eventual finalists FC Barcelona 3–5 on aggregate.
After his top level debuts with Logroñés in the 1996–97 season, being one of five managers as the club finished in 22nd and last position, Lotina's next years were spent in the second level, with CD Badajoz, Numancia and CA Osasuna, helping the latter return to the top flight in 2000 after a six-year absence, and remaining with the Navarrese in the following two seasons as they retained their status.
In the 2002–03 campaign Lotina led Celta de Vigo to its first participation in the UEFA Champions League, after the Galicians finished fourth. In the following year, however, he was sacked after 21 rounds, with the club eventually being relegated.
2006 brought Lotina his first football trophy, as RCD Espanyol won the domestic cup against Real Zaragoza (4–1), in the manager's second season. In 2006–07 he returned to his native region after replacing sacked José Mari Bakero at the helm of Real Sociedad, but the Basque were relegated from the first division for the first time in 40 years, after ranking second from bottom.
For the 2007–08 season, Lotina returned to Galicia and joined Deportivo de La Coruña. After poor a start in 2009–10 he more often then not switched to a 5–3–2 formation, going on to finish the year comfortably placed in mid-table but being relegated in the following campaign as the club also struggled financially – Depor only managed to score nine goals away from home all year as a result of the continued use of defensive tactics, being doomed in the last round after failing to score in a 0–2 home loss against Valencia; on 23 May 2011, he announced his departure from the club.
On 19 March 2012 Lotina became Villarreal CF's third coach of the season, replacing José Francisco Molina following a 0–1 away loss against Levante UD, with the Valencian dangerously close to the relegation zone (17th), and eventually relegated as 18th, which meant that the club's reserves, which competed in the second level, were also forced to drop down a level in June.
- Copa del Rey: 2005–06
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2008
- Miguel Ángel Lotina, nuevo entrenador de la Real Sociedad (Miguel Ángel Lotina, new Real Sociedad manager); 20 Minutos, 27 October 2006 (Spanish)
- Lotina abandona la Real Sociedad y se acerca al Deportivo de la Coruña (Lotina leaves Real Sociedad and nears Deportivo de la Coruña); 20 Minutos, 23 June 2007 (Spanish)
- Deportivo La Coruña grind their way back to where they once belonged; The Guardian, 19 October 2009
- Lotina se despide: 'No he descendido yo sino el Depor' (Lotina says goodbye: 'I have not been relegated, Depor has'); Diario AS, 23 May 2011 (Spanish)
- Villarreal appoint Lotina; ESPN Soccernet, 19 March 2012