With Malaga’s relegation to Segunda confirmed weeks ago, current head coach Jose Gonzalez will see his contract expire at the end of the season and the club has no interest in renewing it.
The sporting team at the Costa del Sol side have been assessing potential replacements for the past few weeks and have finally reduced their shortlist to one. According to Diario SUR, the man set to take the job is Real Oviedo manager Juan Antonio Anquela.
The 60-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and fits the profile outlined by sporting director Mario Husillos – principally that he knows the division well, having managed numerous sides in the lower divisions including Huesca, Alcorcón, Granada and Numancia.
As Alcorcón boss, Anquela famous masterminded the elimination of Real Madrid from Copa del Rey in the 2009–10 season, with the first leg ending in a 4–0 shock win.
Anquela’s Oviedo are currently just one place (and three points) outside the play-off spots with five games still to play so Malaga are holding off their approach despite the veteran coach having an offer on the table for a new deal at Oviedo.
Husillos, however, is confident that the Malaga job would be too big to turn down.