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Malaga Femenino forced to cut ties with coach as women's football is left in limbo

Herrera, in a file photo.
Herrera, in a file photo. / M. FERNÁNDEZ
  • With uncertainty as to when non-professional football can resume, negotiations with José Herrera over a wage cut were unsuccessful

Malaga's women's team and coach José Herrera have parted company after the two parties were unable to come to an agreement over a paycut.

With all non-professional leagues in Spain (which includes the entirety of women's football) declared over, a fifth-place finish for the side has been confirmed, thus missing out on promotion back to the top flight.

As a result, and in light of the club's financial issues, Herrera's contract was no longer viable and negotiations were started.

"With my most sincere affection for this club and the badge, now is time to say goodbye as coach of the Malaga women's team. After a period of negotiation and with great sorrow on my part, it wasn't possible to reach an agreement for me to continue," Herrera explained via social media.

Given the club's difficulties, Herrera's replacement is likely to be an internal appointment with Nati Gutiérrez, Herrera's number two this season and former treble winner with Atlético Malaga in 1998, the favourite to take the reins.

With the future of women's football very much in limbo, this is expected to be the first of many changes to come in the following weeks.