Former Malaga midfielder Esteban Vigo has issued a come-and-get-me plea to his former club as their search for a new head coach continues.
“I’d be thrilled to coach my home team,” the 63-year-old, who has been without a job since 2013 when he managed Xerez, told Canal Sur Television last week.
According to Malaga-based Diario SUR, Vigo is one of several names shortlisted by the club after the approach for Juan Ramon Muniz was discarded by owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani.
Asked whether there had been contact, Vigo said: “I can’t confirm that; you lot [journalists] have more information than I do. But what I can say is that I’m interested.
“There is a whole city waiting for this [situation] to be turned around.”
SUR is reporting that the contact until this point has been purely on an informal basis as Malaga await a decision from the owner who is now calling all the shots in the absence of a chief executive, sporting director and head coach.
Muniz, who was Al-Thani’s first choice, was offered a role as a general manager (combining both head coach and sporting director roles) after Jose Gonzalez’s contract as the former expired and Mario Husillos resigned as the latter. However, the clauses Muniz wanted in his contract were not to Al-Thani’s liking and the deal was called off.
As a result, the Qatari has now reverted back to the traditional continental model and instructed the club’s chief consultants to instigate a search for both a sporting director and a head coach.
The search for a head coach seems to have taken priority and the shortlist, headed by Vigo who took both Hercules and Xerez to La Liga, is also believed to include current Cadiz coach Alvaro Cervera.