Just a week after the conclusion of Marbella FC's best ever campaign, the two principal architects, head coach Fernando Estévez and sporting director Jorge Rodríguez de Cózar were out the door.
The latter was the first to leave, telling Onda Cero Marbella two weeks ago: "I'm not in agreement with the decisions being taken at the club." He was then followed out by Estévez a week later after he refused a contract extension having previously stated that his future was closely linked to that of Rodríguez.
After the shock departures, club president Alexander Grinberg consulted the players over who should replace the pair and the responses were unanimous. Rafael Pérez Guerrero, known as Padilla, was unveiled as the new head coach on Monday, alongside Antonio Ruiz Padial, who takes up the role of technical secretary.
Padilla, who had worked alongside Estévez for the past ten years, has now stepped out of the shadow of his master, making the step up from fitness trainer to head coach. He insisted on Monday that he was well equipped for the job because of "many years of experience in football".
"With this project we want to build on the work of last year, with a methodology which will be very similar," he said, insisting that much of the backroom staff would remain unchanged.