Spanish club Malaga fires Gonzalez after 4th straight loss

MADRID (AP) Malaga has fired coach Michel Gonzalez after the team’s fourth straight loss in the Spanish league.

The club made the announcement on Saturday, a day after a 1-0 defeat at Getafe that kept Malaga second-to-last in the 20-team standings.

Malaga has lost every game since a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad early in December.

It has 11 points from 19 league matches.

Gonzalez had been in charge since last season, when he helped the club from southern Spain move away from the bottom of the standings and finish near midtable.

Malaga said that ”since the beginning of the season the team wasn’t able to put together a series of good results to be able to leave the relegation zone so a shakeup was needed to help the team react.”

A replacement coach was not immediately announced.

Malaga’s next match is at Eibar on Jan. 22.

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