With the club in 13th place heading into La Liga’s final weekend, Malaga wasted no time getting the ball rolling on next season.
Manager Bernd Schuster has announced he will not be returning to the club next season, making it clear it was the team’s decision to let him go. He will manage their final match of the season tomorrow against Levante.
“Yesterday I was told I would not be staying on,” the 54-year-old said. “But it was not a big surprise because I suspected this would happen.”
It’s no surprise, given the club has been in the top six the last two seasons, finding success both domestically and across Europe under Manuel Pellegrini. But with the former boss leaving for Manchester City and earning fantastic success during his first season in England, the Spanish side shot and missed with their first attempt at appointing his replacement.
After a successful La Liga playing career that saw “the Blond Angel” ply his trade for Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid in the 80’s and early 90’s, Schuster has not found the same success in the managerial dugout. He has been fired or stepped down from positions at Shakhtar Donetsk, Real Madrid, Besiktas, and now Malaga all after a year or less on the job. He has never stayed at a club more than two seasons.
“I’m leaving very happy because we have done our job and everything is okay,” Shuster told Spanish media. “I have to accept and respect that decision. I have not been told the reasons why I won’t be staying on but that doesn’t matter. I tried my hardest but the club has an important responsibility and it’s something I have to accept. I disagree with the decision though, because I I think I could have done the job, knowing the difficulties.”
Often times, as was the case at Real Madrid and also at Besiktas, Shuster did himself in with his attitude towards the media. He was forced to resign in Madrid after a very successful season thanks to scathing comments to the media about his own team, and the Turkish press criticized him for constant confrontations as well as poor results.
Shuster’s appointment at Malaga itself could be questioned heavily, considering the happenings at Besiktas his last time out, a position which he was fired from back in 2011 and hadn’t been managing since.