Juan Ramón Muñiz returned to the Malaguista dugout a year later, following his departure from Santander. There was a large number of summer signings, but also numerous departures, many of them key players, such as Goitia and Calleja.
The incorporations, including many foreign transfers, did not offer the anticipated benefits in some cases. Muñiz turned to the youth ranks as an emergency, leading to nine young players debuting in the League competition.
Following a brilliant triumph in the first match against Atlético de Madrid (3-0) at La Rosaleda, Málaga didn’t clinch another victory until 15 games later, also at home, against Mallorca. The team, always close to the relegation zone, needed everyone to be united in order to generate a chance of salvation in the final matches.
The last match of the season arrived, taking place at La Rosaleda against Real Madrid, not knowing whether the Club would be competing in the First or Second Division the following year. The combinations of other results meant that a 1-1 draw against the Madrid-based rival would be sufficient to secure permanency, based on 37 points (seven victories), and claiming 17th place in the table.
Duda, with eight goals (he also gave seven assists, generating 15 of the team’s 42 goals) was the highest League goal scorer for Málaga Club de Fútbol.