He did not want to put a deadline to close his coach, but José Luis Pérez Caminero, in his presentation as the new sports director of Málaga, sent a clear message that the chosen technician will help in the configuration of the blue and white squad. And that forces to close it as soon as possible, without rushing but without being able to wait forever.
Hence, the option of Fran Escribá, which was preferred by Caminero, has been diluted in the last hours. The Valencian already declined a month and a half ago the interest of Málaga with the argument of waiting for the movements in the First benches. The arrival of Rubi to Espanyol and the influence of García Quilón seemed to bring him closer to La Rosaleda, but returning to the silver category and in a project with severe economic limitations does not finish filling him. Too much risk
This being the case, the name of Rubén Baraja resonates with more force if possible. He still has a year of contract and the president of Sporting, Javier Fernández, has already declared that he has him, although the Valladolid does not seem so convinced. There is still a pending meeting between the two parties to resolve differences.
But, meanwhile, Málaga presses and pushes, testing other options offered by the market. And although it may seem a lie, for the third time Juan Ramón López Muñiz appears on the list. The gijonés already rejected Husillos’ first offer and on the second occasion it was Al Thani who said no when he had already agreed to his return as coach and sports director. Now, Muñiz is still without equipment and if the Baraja is not solved soon, it could be that the third was the loser.
A staff of 20 professionals
The first thing that Caminero did after his presentation before the media was to close himself in his new office with his “eyes and voice”, as he himself affirmed, Juan Rodríguez. There they were, with the rest of the members of the technical secretariat and some other collaborator, studying the team and making the first decisions about players.
The idea, expressed in public, was to have a short staff of professionals. On the one hand, the objective of reducing the enormous wage bill that drowns the club’s economy would be fulfilled; on the other, it would allow a greater participation of homegrown players.
The goal, perhaps utopian, is to have 20 players with the first team number when it is now 27. The first starts could come in the form of transfer with Rolón and Cecchini, who still enjoy a good sign in Argentina. The most complicated will be those who have several years of contract but do not have them, regardless of the coach that comes. The case of Cenk Gönen is the clearest of all.