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Juan Ramón Muñiz under consideration for the Malaga job

Two-time Malaga head coach Juan Ramón Muñiz is believed to be one of the leading candidates for the role next season as the club contemplates its future in Segunda.

Muñiz was first at the Costa del Sol club as assistant manager to Juande Ramos in 2003, before taking up a role as head coach with neighbours Marbella. However, he returned to Malaga as manager in 2006 and earned promotion to La Liga for the Blue and Whites in 2008.

Shortly after, he joined Racing Santander but was released at the end of the season and returned to Malaga for a short-lived second spell in late 2010 where he led them to safety but was not kept on after a 17th-place finish.

The 49-year-old was sacked earlier this month by Levante who employed him on the recommendation of current Malaga sporting director Mario Husillos at a time when he was posturing for a role at the club.

However, according to Malaga-based Diario SUR, Husillos is still a big fan of the way Muñiz sets up his teams, but especially his knowledge of the second tier and the transfer market.

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But with current coach José González contracted for another year should he keep the side up (which is still mathematically possible, if improbable), Muñiz would not be drawn on the speculation. He told SUR: “It would be disrespectful for me to talk about the situation while there are games still to be played and a manager is in place.”

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