Once in a while a new manager enters the top100 gameworld, and brings with him a freshness, a can do attitude and usually gets tasked with the job no-body wants. In Hasan Lika, we have a manager who ticks all of those boxes.
Hasan has been in charge at Malaga for 50 games and already has pulled off the most unlikely promotion, after his side finished 3rd in Division 5 to earn the right to play in division 4.
We only have to turn our attention to season 16 where Malaga finished rock bottom. Its fair to say not many can say they have had a worse starting block.
Its been said many times, if you have no assets you are on a hiding for nothing. However Hasan has shown by embracing the situation and smart recruitment, even the unlikeliest success stories can be born.
No fewer than 23 players have recieved database updates since Hasan arrived, with many of these signed by the astute manager. This has in turn changed the fortunes of a club in rapid decline.
A promotion in your first season, you would of thought Hasan would of been rewarded with a bigger club with greater riches, however he has stuck with Malaga for an even greater challenge of keeping them up in division 4 and if possible an even greater reward.
Over the close season Ilicic has been brought in to score goals, whilst Allan, Orban, Dia, Guaita and Walker-Peters have also joined the ranks, all in their own right impressive captures. Although they started off with an opening day defeat to a good inter side going down 3-2, they backed that up last night with an excellent draw against title favourites Sao Paulo.
Season 18s Malaga is already stronger than season 17s, and are going to cause some teams problems this season. You wouldnt back against successive promotions as it feels something special is happening there.
The big question is when and not if, Hasan gets snapped up by a bigger club.