Around forty members of the Federación de Peñas, the federation of official supporters' clubs of Malaga CF, met yesterday to discuss the issues faced by the club.
They released a powerful statement, approved by the directors' board, in which they blamed the club's current crisis both on and off the pitch on its owner, Sheikh Al-Thani.
The leader of the Federación, Miguel Molina, said of the sheikh: "You took us to heaven, but then to hell." With this statement, Molina summarised the feelings of many supporters, and the full repercussions of his criticism are yet to be seen.
The supporters' club also took issue with the head coach, Míchel, and the players themselves for the part that they played in the club's current free-fall.
Representatives from seven different supporters' clubs have confirmed a break between the sheikh and the supporters: "I haven't believed anything that the club has said on social media," Molina told SUR.
What is certain is the serious sporting and institutional crisis that Malaga CF is suffering from has pitted the fan base directly against the ownership.
Daniel Sánchez, head of the San Pedro Alcántara supporters' club, has said: "The club has been totally abandoned. It's an unusual situation for a club and I don't think that it's happened many times before. But we're in the middle of the season and it's still possible to save ourselves, which is the priority. Now is the time to act."
All of the members of the supporters' clubs that this paper has spoken to have highlighted the sheikh as the main issue facing the club, but there is no such consensus on the coach.
"We should have fired him a while ago. We should look for a coach who's very motivating, a fighter, like the managers of Alavés, Getafe, and Eibar. It would be difficult, but that's what we need. Míchel is a good manager for an average club, with good players, but he doesn't seem like the right person to me. That said, I'm not anti-Míchel," wrote Daniel Sánchez.
However, Juan Aguilar, head of the Borriquerrón de Casabermeja supporters' club, has said: "I don't think that we should change the coach. Given the situation, no other coach could do much more."