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Víctor Sánchez named new Malaga coach

Víctor Sánchez leads his first training session as coach.
Víctor Sánchez leads his first training session as coach. / Germán Pozo
  • Juan Ramón Muñiz was sacked on Sunday following the side's dismal 1-2 home reversal against lowly Extremadura

Former Deportivo, Olympiacos and Real Betis coach Víctor Sánchez arrived in Malaga on Monday morning to be confirmed as Malaga CF's new head coach.

Following Saturday's 1-2 home defeat against relegation-threatened Extremadura, club president Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani took the decision on Sunday to relieve coach Juan Ramón Muñiz of his duties with immediate effect.

Muñiz, who only rejoined the club for a third spell in the summer, started the campaign well but a run of just four wins in the last 14 games has seen the side go from favourites for automatic promotion to being at risk of missing out on the playoffs.

With fans eventually turning on Muñiz during Saturday's game with chants of "Muñiz ¡vete ya¡" the decision was taken to make the change with seven league games remaining and the side falling to sixth place.

Sánchez, 43, rose through the ranks at Real Madrid as a youngster before making his name on the right-hand side of midfield in Galicia for Deportivo La Coruña.

After spells as an assistant at Getafe, Sevilla and Olympiacos (all under former Malaga coach Míchel), Sánchez was appointed head coach at Dépor for the 2015/16 season during which he saved them from relegation.

He then returned to Olympiacos for a brief spell before taking over at Real Betis for the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign.

Sánchez led his first team training session on Monday afternoon.