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Getafe 1-0 Malaga: Home win gives visitors further headaches

It was a must-win game for Malaga which ended in defeat and could spell the end of the road for head coach Míchel.

Getafe ran out 1-0 winners on Friday evening in the opening game of match day 19, courtesy of a well-worked setpiece in the second half which Juan Cala converted with a powerful header from the centre of the area.

The Blue and Whites currently sit joint bottom of the table with 11 points, some five points off safety with all of their rivals yet to play in match day 19.

Míchel said following last night’s game: “The results are so bad that they can’t be justified.” He later added, though, that “I’m not a quitter”.

The former Getafe man had been resisting calls to quit for a number of weeks, but fans most notably turned on him in the home clash against Espanyol on Monday, with chants of “¡Míchel, vete ya!” (Míchel, go now!) widespread throughout the second half.

The club announced his sacking on Saturday through a statement which read: “Sadly, the team has been unable to put together a run of results since the start of the season which has left us in the relegation zone. We feel that a change is necessary to try and turn this around.

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“Malaga CF is working hard in this winter market to strength the squad. Having already signed Ignasi Miquel, Manuel Iturra and Alberto Bueno, the club hopes that even more recruits, plus a new head coach, can motivate the group and push us in the right direction.

“We wish Míchel all the best in the future and thank him for his professionalism,” the statement concluded.

Míchel joined Malaga in March 2017 as the club’s third man in the hotseat that season, following in the footsteps of Juande Ramos and Marcelo Romero.

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