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Results elsewhere help secure another season in Segunda for Malaga

Results elsewhere help secure another season in Segunda for Malaga
/ Malaga CF
  • Now the focus is on coach Sergio Pellicer and whether he will continue in the role beyond the end of the season

The pressure is off for Malaga tonight, Monday, when they travel to Asturias to take on Real Oviedo having already secured their Segunda status.

After the weekend's results, mathematically there are now four teams that cannot now catch the Blue and Whites. Lugo and Albacete were already too far adrift but now Sabadell and Logroñés cannot catch Sergio Pellicer's side either.

This does mean, however, that Malaga no longer have any incentive for the remainder of the season. The best the side can hope for is to achieve a top-ten finish with the play-offs also now off limits.

With another season in Segunda secured, the spotlight now falls on Pellicer, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

His renewal was expected to be a mere formality, but in the last fortnight doubts have arisen over his future.

Talks between the club and his agent have taken place but it is believed that disappointment was expressed on Pellicer's part over how long it had taken for negotiations to begin, especially after sporting director Manolo Gaspar's contract situation was resolved two months previously.

Although Pellicer would like to stay (he knows the club well and his family like the area) and he is Malaga's first choice, it would appear that some compromise will have to be reached with concern also expressed over the lack of role he would have in planning the make-up of the squad.