Víctor Sánchez to continue as Malaga head coach

Víctor, right, with Caminero at Monday's presentation.
Víctor, right, with Caminero at Monday's presentation. / Salvador Salas
  • After two weeks of uncertainty, the coach has committed to leading the new project

  • "There is only a small margin for us to work in," admitted the coach a little over a week before the start of preseason

The biggest question mark hanging over the new Malaga project has been resolved. Víctor Sánchez del Amo has agreed to continue as head coach, two weeks after the side's elimination from the play-offs.

The former Deportivo and Olympiakos coach was officially presented as the leader of the new project at La Rosaleda on Monday evening. Despite not leading the side back to La Liga, Víctor was the club's first choice for the role, having turned around the team's fortunes during his nine-match tenure at the end of last season.

A meeting was held with him and his coaching staff just 36 hours after being eliminated from the play-offs at the hands of Deportivo to outline the new reality for the club, in terms of financial limitations. In this meeting it was made clear that a number of changes would have to be made in the way that the club operates, but principally with regard to the playing squad.

Víctor left this meeting with a number of doubts, specifically after the club was unable to confirm that he would have the same core of players available to him next season. He was also told that with a playing squad of more than 30 players, sales would have to take place before anyone could be recruited.

However, whatever doubts Víctor had have since been ironed out and the 43-year-old will remain in the hotseat for the upcoming campaign which begins on the weekend of 16 August.

"We're not going to lose our winning mentality," said Víctor at his presentation. "But we have to accept the situation we're in. There will have to be some economic changes but [sporting director José Luis] Caminero and I are working on this.

"We are looking to have the most competitive squad possible."

Preseason will begin next Thursday, 11 July, when players will report back for a series of medical examinations before they head to Estepona the following Monday to start preparations in earnest.

While Víctor would like to have his squad in place as soon as possible, the coach concedes that "there is only a small margin for us to work in" and that "the majority of business is normally done in the final week of the market".

"We have to adapt and work in an orderly way," he said.