Pepe Mel was presented this Wednesday as the new coach of the Malaga CF. The Madrid coach has been “confident” of being able to change the course of the blue and white club, for which he will have several former Betisboth in the squad and in its coaching staff.
“What I come here is to add, to help, to make my work available to the club; to connect with the footballers, who from today are going to see someone who is going to help them in me. This is very long,” Mel said during his presentation.
In Malaga, Mel meets up with several players he had during one of his stages with the Real Betis Balompie as they are Ruben Castro, Alfred N’Diaye and Juanfran Moreno, with whom he explained that he spoke before signing for the blue and white entity. “There are three footballers in the squad that I have already had, the least was to talk to them,” said Mel, who also spoke about their status. “They are worried. They are good professionals and they know that the team is not performing to the level that everyone expects, but they also know that they can turn it around.”
Questioned about the canary battering ram, Mel He explained that “this will be the tenth season together, six at Betis, one at Rayo, two at Las Palmas and this one, so we know each other well. I read Rubén between the lines, I know when he makes a gesture that he is thinking. He He is convinced that this can be done well, he thinks that the change can be good for everyone by washing their heads, listening to new things, not better or worse, and presenting surely different ways of approaching the game”.
Their other stages together
Ruben Castro He is the footballer that Pepe Mel has trained the most times, with a total of nine seasons and 235 games together. During all these matches, divided into Real Betis Balompié, Rayo Vallecano and UD Las Palmas, the Canarian striker has contributed 126 goals and 27 assists to his team, being present in promotions, European classifications and permanence.
The coach from Madrid has brought people he trusts for this new professional adventure. Nacho Perez Santamaria will be second coach, once he has left the functions he had as coach of the Malaga CF Feminine. Nacho coincided with Mel at Betis for four seasons, between 2010 and 2014, both achieving promotion to the First Division in the 2010/11 season.
nacho oria is the other person who accompanies him to Malaga. The physical trainer from Cadiz does not have a Verdiblanco past, but he does at Sevilla FC, where he went through both the first team and the Sevilla subsidiary.