Josep Clotet, Atlético Malagueño’s new coach

Málaga Club de Fútbol has reached an agreement with Josep Clotet Ruiz (Barcelona, 28 April 1977), to be the new coach of Atlético Malagueño for one season. Clotet comes to Martiricos from Norway-based club, Viking FK.


11/07/2012 17:53

The new coach of the Blue and Whites second team began his career with the lower categories of RCD Espanyol until 2010, when he left for Sweden to assist Roland Nilsson in Malmö.  Clotet’s great job as assistant coach, led him to work as coach for another team in Sweden, Halmstad.  From there he travelled to Norway, where he took charge of Viking FK, before he signed a contract with Málaga CF.
Coaching team
As well as Clotet, Atlético Malagueño will be working with Jesús Cañadas as second coach – assistant coach in Juvenil División de Honor, Copa del Rey runners-up – physical trainer Óscar Caro – from Cadete Autonómico – goalkeeping trainer Rafa González – former Málaga CF player and second coach to Cadete Preferente last season – and Javier Bernal as delegate, as well as coach during training sessions.  The medical and equipment teams will be the same as last year, made up of Manuel Escalona – doctor, Pedro Serrano – physiotherapist, Juanjo Méndez, physical trainer, and Miguel Ángel Meléndez, equipment manager.

Statements by Josep Clotet
“I’m really pleased to be joining a team that’s part of such a successful Club, with the exciting task of working with young players who could form part of the first team in the future.  It’s not easy to prepare players for a First Division team, especially a Champions League team, and I’ll be so proud if I achieve this goal.”
“We need to adapt 100 per cent to how the first team works, and my method of training closely resembles that of Pellegrini, a coach who I’ve always looked up to, and one of the reasons why I came here.  I view football in the same way as he does, creating goal chances, superior defending like a major team, maintaining ball possession and overwhelming the opponent on all areas of the pitch.  This is the style of football I believe in, and that people like to see.”

“We’ve got an exciting year ahead, as this is a group of players who are full of ambition and enthusiasm, and who have a goal to play in the First Division with Málaga CF.  They know that they have to train as hard as they can in the second team.  It’s always great for a reserve team to win titles, but I’d like to see a member of Atlético Malagueño playing at La Rosaleda wearing a first team shirt.”