Malaga have moved fast to fill the vacant spot in the dug-out. José González is the man charged with leading the team to safety after he was appointed Míchel’s successor, less than 24 hours after the former Getafe man was relieved of his duties.
The 51-year-old, who played for Malaga briefly in the twilight of his playing career, was a free agent after his spell in charge of Chinese side Beijing Gouan came to an end last season.
González is well known by Malaga sporting director Manuel Husillos after the pair played together for González’s hometown club, Cadiz, between 1989 and 1991.
The new Malaga boss is best known for saving Granada from relegation on the penultimate match day of the 2015-16 season, after replacing José Ramón Sandoval midway through the campaign.
However, fans of the Costa del Sol team will be concerned by his overall record, having only overseen at total of 37 games in the top flight.
In his first taste of La Liga, he was fired as Albacete boss before they were eventually relegated in 2005.
In between, González enjoyed spells in both the second and third tiers with the likes of Cadiz, Murcia and Cordoba.
González now has a full week to work with his players as Malaga don’t play again until Monday 22 when they travel to Eibar.