Malaga replace coach Marcelo Romero with Michel

Malaga (Spain), March 7 (IANS) Struggling Spanish top-division football club Malaga on Tuesday confirmed Michel Gonzalez as their new chief coach, hours after sacking Marcelo Romero.

Romero stepped down after 10 games in charge, in which the side managed just one win and one draw. He had replaced Juande Ramos, who resigned in December, reports Xinhua news agency.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Michel has ample coaching experience, beginning his career in the Real Madrid youth system before coaching Rayo Vallecano, Getafe, Sevilla, Olympiacos and Olympique Marseilles with varying degrees of success.

Malaga announced the appointment on the club’s official website along with declarations from the new coach, who said it was “an honour to join this great club. I am happy and looking forward to starting work”.

Michel takes over a club in fifteenth position in the league table with just 26 points from 26 games and will make his debut when Malaga entertain Alaves on Saturday night.

–IANS

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