Gracia didn’t fear Malaga sack

Javi Gracia insists he never felt his job as Malaga Coach was threatened even as the team struggled in the first half of the season.

Malaga went on an unbeaten run between late November and early January to pull away from La Liga’s bottom three but before then, Gracia’s side were toiling near the foot of the table.

“I didn’t feel in danger, no. The truth is you realise the situation is delicate,” he admitted in an interview, AS reports, before explaining his relationship with owner Sheikh Al-Thani.

“I’ve learned in my time as a player and a Coach that the best I can do is to stay focused on my work and on doing things right.

“I’ve always felt supported by the owner. He’s always been very close and affectionate with my team and my work. He congratulated me when I was named best Coach in the League in December.

“He’s already said he’s happy with the team’s progress and the work of the Coach. I’m happy to reciprocate that support.

“I am out of contract on June 30 and there’s no renewal clause of any kind. I don’t think it’s good to discuss this issue now. Not for me, the club or the players. Everything has its time.

“Now we have to be focused on each match and the points at stake. I don’t want to distract or send messages that might be misunderstood. I’m focused on coaching and that can be discussed later.

“At no point have I considered changing teams. There’s never been any interest. If there was it wouldn’t mean I would sign for another team.

“I’ve said many times I’m comfortable here with the contract I have. Everyone likes to earn more money or have better conditions, but I’m consistent.”

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