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Málaga leaves professional football after 25 years

He Malaga Football Club write a black page in his history. The oldest of the place have experienced similar situations and even worse, with the disappearance and subsequent refounding of the club of their love, but there is a generation of Malaguistas who will see their team outside of professional football for the first time starting in August. The relegation is already a fact after the match in Mendizorroza against Alavés and the team will play next season in the RFEF First Division, a failure of stratospheric dimensions.

Twenty-five years later, Málaga is out of professional football again. Since the blue and white team achieved promotion to Second in the 1997-1998 season, they had not abandoned one of the first two categories. A hat-trick by Pablo Guede against Terrassa in the last match of the promotion promotion of that course gave the blue and white team promotion. And that’s how capricious football is, a campaign that Guede himself began as a coach on the bench ends with Málaga falling to the bronze category. After the Argentine came Pepe Mel and Sergio Pellicer and neither was able to pull the team out of the hole.

The season in which malaguismo was once again excited has ended with a tremendous blow of reality. From the dream of promotion that was sold from the club itself in summer, to the nightmare of a relegation that the blue and white team has won week after week. The squad designed by Manolo Gaspar, with the largest budget and salary limit in recent years, had to fight to move up in category or at least be a strong candidate for the playoffs. And it will not be because the fans have not put everything and more on their part to meet objectives since the first day of LaLiga SmartBank. He has accompanied the team on each trip and, especially in the last stretch of the campaign, has filled La Rosaleda. But it has been of no use.

Now all that remains is to squeeze the males. Start a time of reflection and action to prepare the short-term future of the club, which cannot happen for anything other than to return to professional football as soon as possible. The fans have already passed their sentence, they want a total cleaning, from top to bottom, in all levels of the club.

For now, they will be José María Muñoz, judicial administrator, and Kike Pérez, new sports director, those in charge of carrying out the planning of the next blue and white project. An austere project, where the support of television money will no longer exist. Only the relegation aid will alleviate somewhat the urgency of a total restructuring, necessary and forced by the economic precariousness that will hit the club in the bronze division.

Lots of work ahead

You have to assume the decline as soon as possible and look to the future, there is no other. The club’s leaders have a lot of work ahead of them and they will have to take very painful measures to adapt the entity to its new economic reality. A new sports director will have to be appointed, who will have the task of reshaping a squad that will lose most of its members and, in addition, it will be necessary to make cuts in all the plots of the club, from what surrounds the first team to the quarry, passing through the different areas.

The agony of looking at rivals and doing the math is over. Unfortunately, the relegation to the First Federation is already a reality. A very busy summer lies ahead in Martiricos. There will be very important movements, the first ones will be announced shortly. All that remains is to work to return Málaga CF to its rightful place and from which it should never have left. Goodbye LFP, hello RFEF.

2023-05-21 10:01:54
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