Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Málaga CF, a coach shredding machine

Málaga Club de Fútbol has dismissed Pepe Mel this Wednesday. The Madrid coach is the fourth coach that the blue and white club fires in a year and a day. One more example of the instability and bad times that the club has been going through in the last 365 days and that keep it in a critical situation in the LaLiga Smartbank rankings.

The first dismissed of all was José Alberto López exactly one year and one day ago now, on January 24, 2022. It was after a resounding 0-5 defeat at La Rosaleda against Ibiza. The Asturian coach did not last long in his position either, Well, he had been in the position for 8 months. After a hopeful start, the team fell apart until the match with the Balearic team, which was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

José Alberto, saddened during the match against Ibiza. Gregory Marrero

To redirect the situation came Natxo González, who only lasted 10 games in which he was unable to reverse the negative dynamics that had led to the dismissal of José Alberto. One victory and three draws in the ten games that the Basque coach led in the Martiricos team. What translates into 6 points out of 30 possible, insufficient numbers to be able to maintain permanence. The dismissal came after the 1-0 defeat against Girona.

Natxo González, Malaguista coach. MCF

After the short experience of Natxo González Argentinian Pablo Guede arrived to end last season, who signed a contract for the remainder of last season and this 2022/2023 season. The Argentine coach was fondly remembered by the fans because He was a key player in the team’s promotion to the First Division in the 98/99 season. While it is true that neither the game nor the results were excellent, it is achieved the main objective, which was permanence in the silver division of Spanish football, which is why he started this course at the helm of the blue and white ship. The bad start to this season (3 points out of 18 possible) led to his quick dismissal, with the team already in the relegation zone

Guede, managing Málaga CF in Tenerife. The league

That’s when Pepe Mel arrived, the fourth coach is only 8 months old. On September 21, the hiring of the Madrid coach was announced with the aim (once again) of reversing the bad situation of the team and giving stability to the project. Mel arrived backed by extensive experience both in Spanish football and specifically in the Spanish second division, it seemed that he had the necessary experience to face the challenge with guarantees. But four months later the situation is identical, with the club relegated to four points from salvation, which has led to the dismissal of the coach after the draw against Burgos this past weekend.

The constant succession of coaches It is one more example of the instability in which the club is immersed, not only at a sporting level, but also at an institutional and social level. Four coaches in a year and a day, but Málaga CF’s dynamics have not changed excessively with any of them, which shows that it is a problem that goes beyond the benches and that the club’s situation probably won’t improve excessively until all the institutional mess surrounding the club is resolved.

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