The assistant coach to former boss Juande Ramos, who left by mutual consent, has been handed the top job at La Rosadela

Malaga have announced that Marcelo Romero has been appointed as the club’s new coach.

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The former Uruguay international had been assistant to Juande Ramos, who left by mutual consent on Tuesday following a run of five matches without a win.

“Marcelo Romero will stay at the helm of the team,” a Malaga statement confirmed.

“The ex-Malaga player and current member of the coaching team over the last three seasons will be head coach of the first team indefinitely.”

MCFNews| Marcelo Romero is the new #MálagaCF coach. Good luck!! #VamosMálaga   https://t.co/MpWnXHpaWW pic.twitter.com/R0wmBVLkpV

— Málaga CF English (@MalagaCF_en) December 28, 2016

Romero spent six years as a player at La Rosaleda and returned to the club in 2014 to join the coaching staff of Javi Gracia.

His only prior experience as a head coach was with Uruguayan side Alhaurin de la Torre.

Malaga – who sit 11th in La Liga – travel to Celta Vigo on January 8 following the mid-season break.