Malaga football club sack Romero and appoint Míchel Gonzalez as head coach

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MÍCHEL: The new Málaga CF coach

STRUGGLING La Liga side Malaga have sacked coach Marcelo Romero and replaced him with  Míchel Gonzalez who takes over immediately.

The club said Michel’s appointment will run for the remainder of this season and the 2017/18 season.

Míchel has wide experience in the dugout in Spanish football, with Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid Castilla, Sevilla FC and Getafe CF, the latter with whom he qualified to the UEFA Europa League in the 2009/10 season.

Outside of Spain, he was coach of Olympique de Marseille in France’s Ligue 1, and in Greece he won two Superleagues and one Cup with Olympiacos FC in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, when the team also reached the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League.

The new Malaguista coach also enjoyed a long, successful career as a Real Madrid player, achieving six League titles, two Copa del Rey and two UEFA Cup wins. In addition, he was an international with Spain in 66 matches, taking part in the World Cup in Mexico in 1986, and in Italy in 1990.

Although dismissed as head coach Romero, who oversaw seven defeats in 10 games since taking over from Juande Ramos in December, will remain on the coaching staff.

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