Malaga’s coach search continues as Al-Thani denies Muniz ‘total autonomy’

Malaga’s coach search continues as Al-Thani denies Muniz ‘total autonomy’

May 28, 2018 Off By Daryl Finch

While their rivals are already starting to shape up for life in Segunda next year, Malaga is a club in complete turmoil. A replacement for head coach José González, whose contract expired after failing to keep the side in La Liga, is yet to be found and the man who was charged with this appointment has reportedly quit, according to Malaga-based Diario SUR.

The latest plan from club owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani was to do away with the role of sporting director completely after the incumbent, Mario Husillos, resigned from the post after Al-Thani undermined him publicly, closing the door on the appointment of former Granada, Levante and Elche boss Lucas Alcaraz on Twitter.

The idea was then to appoint two-time Malaga boss Juan Ramon Muniz to have complete control over all sporting operations, effectively acting as both head coach and sporting director in a ‘general manager’ role. Muniz was Al-Thani’s first choice but the Asturian stipulated that he would only accept the role if he was given near total autonomy and that the sheikh wouldn’t interfere in the day-to-day running of the club. However, Al-Thani has refused these conditions and so the search for a head coach must start again. Before that can happen, however, Husillos’ situation must first be resolved.

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Husillos let it be known immediately after the sheikh’s public dressing down that he would be leaving the club, informing that he would continue working until the termination of his contract was confirmed but that he would not be making any plans regarding overhauling the squad in the meantime.

Having seen his working conditions compromised, and therefore the terms of his contract broken, it is expected that the sporting director is holding out for a pay-off. According to SUR, however, Al-Thani is unwilling to budge on this account and would rather wait for him to leave on his own accord – an increasing likelihood given West Ham’s reported interest in his services.