Tapia returns to Malaga

Malaga have continued their restructuring behind the scenes and have announced the return of former boss Antonio Tapia to the club.

Tapia, 52, coached Los Blanquiazules twice in the last decade after being in charge of Malaga’s second string for three years between 2002 and2005, and has also taken the reins at Poli Ejido, Granada74, Real Betis and Tenerife.

He will now assume the role of sports consultant at La Rosaleda where he will advise on strategy and take a hand, alongside boss Manuel Pellegrini, in bringing in any new signings.

Tapia had previously led Malaga’s B team to promotion to La Segunda and, after taking over the first team midway through the 2004-05 season following Gregorio Manzano’s dismissal, was instrumental in saving the Costa del Sol outfit from relegation.

In another move, Malaga have also confirmed that two of the club’s historical figures – Antonio Benitez and Abdullah Ben Barek – will become part of the advisory board next to Francisco Martin Aguilar.

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