By Andrew Atkinson

CD Montesinos new coach Carlos Perez has taken up the baton at a club where the players are lacking in confidence – in the wake of the sacking of manager Camacho – that came on the back of two heavy defeats in their opening two games in the Segunda Regional Grupo 16, 2016-17 campaign.

“Confidence has been knocked – after two big defeats,” said Carlos, after 3-0 and 4-1 losses this term.

Carlos, who took the reins this week, took charge of a friendly game against Todo Deportivo at the weekend (October 9), ahead of the league fixture against RP Orihuela on October 16 at The Municipal Stadium, Los Montesinos – where he hopes to stop the rot.

The club have been hit with injuries – including Vazquinho who is sidelined until the end of the month – and Carlos said: “There are enough players to work with, although it must be said there is a notable shortness in fitness.

“Injuries – to important players – play a factor too. And once they return to full fitness I am confident we will have a good side.”

Carlos, formerly at Valencia CF reserve team Mestalla, and CF Torrevieja under coach Macan, went into management at Bigastro, Guardamar and Torrevieja after his playing career ended.

“After five years at Torrevieja it was disappointing to leave – but that’s football. You understand that as a manager,” said Carlos.

“The support at Torrevieja was tremendous – and the same applies here at CD Montesinos with the Full Monte Supporters Club. I look forward to meeting as many of them as possible,” said Carlos.

“CD Montesinos is a well run club, with the management and committee working very hard. Once I was approached to become their new coach I gladly accepted,” added Carlos.

“The supporters are highly spoken of. There’s great support, and great attendance figures, which I hope to see increase – if we can start winning games – and play attractive football,” said Carlos.