Dubai-owned Getafe on lookout for new coach

La Liga team owned by Dubai’s Royal Emirates opts not to renew Michel’s contract past June
Getafes sale to Dubais Royal Emirates Group was confirmed in April. (Getty Images)
By Shane McGinley
Tue 31 May 2011 10:07 AM

Getafe, the Spanish La Liga football club bought by a Dubai
sheikh in April, is looking for a new coach after deciding not to renew the
contract of incumbent Michel beyond the end of June.

"Jose Miguel Gonzalez Martin del Campo, Michel, will
not be in charge of Getafe next season," the club said in a brief
statement on its website. “The coach's contract expired at the end of this
season and in the end, the club decided not to extend it.”

The former Real Madrid and Spanish player, 48, took over from
Victor Munoz in April 2009. He led the Madrid-based club to sixth and a place
in the Europa League the following season.

Getafe narrowly avoided the drop on the final day of the
latest campaign, finishing one point above the relegation places in 16th.

In April, Dubai’s Royal Emirates Group confirmed its buyout
of the Spanish La Liga side and said it planned to invest up to $130m in the
team over a five-year period.

Royal Emirates Group, which is chaired by Sheikh Butti Bin
Suhail Al Maktoum, a member of Dubai's ruling Al Maktoum family, pledged to
“inject new blood” into the Spanish side over the coming year.

Under the terms of the deal, the club has been renamed Getafe
Team Dubai.

“We have a big investment we are looking to put into it
[and] in the players,” managing director Dr Kaiser Rafiq said. “[We’ve told]
the players the team will get stronger with our support.”

When pushed as to the size of the investment, Rafiq said he
wouldn’t hesitate to match the purchase price, which was put at between €70m
and €90m ($100-130m).

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