Sheikh Al-Thani arrived in Malaga on Thursday. SALVADOR SALAS
Malaga’s 1-1 draw at Atlético last weekend meant that the team achieved their objective of staying in La Liga for another year. However, manager Bernd Schuster has since been informed by Executive Vice President of the club, Moayad Shatat, that he will be leaving at the end of the season.
The news comes as club owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani arrived in the city on a private jet for the first time in a year and a half to watch the final match of the season on Friday against Levante. The Qatari businessman will also see the roundabout in Malaga that has been named after him.
Schuster told he will be leaving Malaga
After just one year in charge of the Blue and Whites, Bernd Schuster has been informed by the Executive Vice President of the club, Moayad Shatat, that he is to be relieved of his duties at the end of the season. The decision was made after the team failed to finish in the top ten of the league this season - an objective that was part of the German manager’s contract which has now been cut short by four years.
There were already indications that Schuster was on his way out. Last Sunday he said that he sensed that he would not continue at Malaga in light of recent events - it was reported that rifts were forming between the manager and senior players.
The 54-year-old former Real Madrid and Beşiktaş manager has now been linked with a move back to Germany and is said to be in secret talks with Eintracht Frankfurt.
The departure means that Malaga will be looking for a replacement this summer. The club are rumoured to be monitoring the situation of Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino and former West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel.
Roundabout to be named after Malaga CF owner
In 2010 Sheikh Al-Thani bought Malaga CF for a reported 36 million euros.
The Qatari businessman then pumped over 150 million euros into the club so that it was able to qualify for the Champions League and reach the quarter-finals of last year’s competition.
In recognition of his investment in the club, a roundabout will bear his name in the Martiricos neighborhood of the city where La Rosaleda stadium is located.
The area already has three roundabouts named after Malaga legends: Manuel Pellegrini, Sebastián Viberti and Migueli.
“The decision recognises the work done by a person who showed a clear interest in Malaga city and in the club. He provided a significant economic contribution which had direct positive results that were seen by all,”said Mayor of Malaga Francisco de la Torre.