Almeria, a club now owed by Saudi Arabia’s sport minister Turki Al-Sheik, invested heavily in their squad this summer with no less than 10 players arriving. Almeria have flirted with relegation from Segunda in recent years, but with Turki Al-Sheik’s now backing the club, they expect to be promoted to La Liga. The Andalusian side currently sit in 2nd place in Segunda, trailing leaders Cadiz by 10 points. The sacking of former coach, Pedro Emanuel, had come as a shock to many, but the club had only picked up eight points out of a possible 24 since late September. After announcing the departure of their current manager, Almeria sent out a cryptic tweet, hinting that Guti could be arriving:
Spanish daily, MARCA, later confirmed the story informing readers that Guti could be announced as early as tomorrow.
This will be Guti’s first opportunity to manage at the senior level. His previous experience includes working as an assistant to Senol Gunes at Besiktas as well as his historic treble winning year with Juvenil A as coach. The former Real Madrid legend has been held in high regard since stepping into the coaching sphere and Almeria may be his first opportunity to show off his tactical nous and meet his coaching potential.