It was announced today on the club’s official website that Jesualdo Ferreira was no longer Málaga’s manager and that their B team coach, Rafa Gil would be the interim manager until they were able to secure the services of a new manager.

It was probably something one could have foreseen prior to the actual deed as Ferreira hadn’t managed to get his team playing the stylish passing game that he had so promised faithfully prior to his appointment.  However, I would say that they were getting there but his inability to have his team overcome their poor home run was what eventually led to his demise and the loss to Real Sociedad on Sunday night at La Rosaleda was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Portuguese coach.

So far, the media in Spain are linking former Real Madrid and Villarreal manager, Manuel Pellegrini with the job.  Certainly, he would be a great selection for Málaga and it could well prove to be a great coaching change for the club.

Jesualdo Ferreira’s CV

Ferreira’s former team prior to Malaga was Porto where he won the Portuguese League on three consecutive occasions (06/07, 07/08 and 08/09) during his four seasons there.  He also, won two Portuguese Cups consecutively in 08/09 and 09/10 season and he also secured the Portuguese Supercup in 2009.  On an individual level Ferreira won Best Coach in the Portuguese League on three occasions: 06/07, 07/08 and 08/09.  Definitely the CV of a very good coach and a coach that might have deserved more than 9 games to prove his tactical prowess and coaching abilities.

Prospective Coach: Manuel Pellegrini

The wonderful Chilean tactician have been the name that the Spanish media has been tossing around as a potential replacement for the Portuguese manager and what a replacement that would be for the anchovies IF he can reproduce, which I have no doubts about, what he did with Villarreal, which included leading the modest Valencian club to a third place finish in his first season and as such qualified for the Champion’s League (bear in mind this was a club that was playing in the first division for only 5 consecutive years and had only played in the division once before then in the 98/99 season).  After qualifying for a spot in the Champions League for the 05/06 season, Pellegrini led the team to the semi-final where they eventually lost out to Arsenal.  Under Pellegrini the club never once finished lower than 7th and he led them to their best ever finish in the 2007/08 season where the yellow submarines finished 2nd, 10 points clear of 3rd place Barcelona.  In his five years at Villarreal Pellegrini boasted some great statistics.  He was in charge of 259 games  and of those games he won 123, drew 72 and lost 64– a win rate of 47.49%.  Individual accolade(s) that he won while at Villarreal was the Miguel Muñoz Trophy for Best Manager of the Year in 2008.  Then there is his one season at Real Madrid where Pellegrini broke a few club records as well as league records but the only problem was Barcelona had out done both he and Real Madrid, including achieving a club record of 96 points, most wins in the league and he almost broke the record for most goals scored in a season in league, coming short by 5 goals.  While at Madrid he took charge of 48 games: winning 36, drawing 5 and losing 7 with a win percentage of 75.

Either way Malaga takes it both Ferreira and Pellegrini are great coaches and certainly Ferreira may have deserved more than the 9 games he was in charge of.  However, Pellegrini would be an excellent replacement if he is indeed a prime candidate.