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Malaga sack head coach Míchel

Míchel took charge of Malaga for the last time on Friday night.
Míchel took charge of Malaga for the last time on Friday night. / Agencies
  • After a run of four defeats on the bounce, the former Getafe man's position had become untenable

The search is on for a new manager after Malaga called time on Míchel's association with the club following last night's disastrous 1-0 defeat at Getafe - their fourth in a row.

The Blue and Whites are currently joint bottom of the table with 11 points, five points off safety with all of their rivals yet to play in match day 19.

Following the game, Míchel saidÑ “The results are so bad that they can’t be justified.” He later added, though, that “I’m not a quitter”.

The former Getafe boss, who joined Malaga in March 2017, had been resisting calls to quit for a number of weeks, but fans most notably turned on him in the home clash against Espanyol on Monday, with chants of “¡Míchel, vete ya!” (Míchel, go now!) widespread throughout the second half.

The club announced the 54-year-old's sacking on Saturday through a statement which read: “Sadly, the team has been unable to put together a run of results since the start of the season which has left us in the relegation zone. We feel that a change is necessary to try and turn this around.

“Malaga CF is working hard in this winter market to strength the squad. Having already signed Ignasi Miquel, Manuel Iturra and Alberto Bueno, the club hopes that even more recruits, plus a new head coach, can motivate the group and push us in the right direction.

“We wish Míchel all the best in the future and thank him for his professionalism,” the statement concluded.