Wage bill now eighth in Segunda but there's work still to be done

  • The club's expenditure is still higher than its revenue so some restructuring needs to be carried out by January

Malaga announced on Tuesday that a press conference had not "been cancelled but rather rescheduled" for a future date. In it, the statement read, there would be "clarifications about what happened in the past week and the measures which will be taken with immediate effect". Change is coming, it seems - and it's needed.

Despite a series of sales, including that of Javi Ontiveros for seven million euros (potentially rising to nine), which has decreased Malaga's annual wage bill by more than 60 per cent to 9.9 million euros (eighth in Segunda), the club's expenditure is still higher than its revenue. More sales are needed in January, not only to free up squad space for José Rodríguez, Iván and Álex Mula, but also to help balance the books. More work is needed, however.

The club as a whole needs to be streamlined with a staff list of around 200 comparable to a team in the top half of the First Division.

To this end, the changes referred to in the club statement are expected to be structural and to be overseen by a team of external advisors set to be brought in by president Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani.

Since the end of 2015, the club has not had a general director officially in place. Since then, numerous external advisors have acted in this role in an unofficial capacity but Al-Thani has been searching for someone to fill this role who has his complete trust.

As yet, the new date for the press conference has not been confirmed.