Valencia sack coach Celades after Villarreal loss

Paola Ditto
Luglio 1, 2020

Celades, who was appointed in September a year ago, was dismissed with Valencia in eighth place in La Liga.

A club statement read: "Valencia CF have communicated to Albert Celades his removal from his position as first-team coach, with immediate effect".

Valencia have sacked manager Albert Celades after only nine months in charge, while the club's sporting director Cesar Sanchez has resigned. Valencia have had 12 coaches since Unai Emery left the club in the summer of 2012.

Celades took over at the Mestalla last September after the surprise sacking of previous boss Marcelino, who had led the club to back-to-back fourth-placed finishes.

Celades had never previously been a first team manager at club level, building his reputation as Spain's under-21 coach and as an assistant to Julen Lopetegui with the Spain side and Real Madrid.

He made a hard start with Valencia, losing his first game in charge 5-2 to Barcelona.

He made a hard start in losing his first game in charge 5-2 to Barcelona but improved his reputation by taking the team into the last 16 of the Champions League.

Pressure had mounted on Celades as the team's domestic form continued to decline.

But Celades has failed to last the season after Sunday's 2-0 loss at Villarreal left Valencia with just two wins in 13 matches in all competitions.

Former caretaker coach Voro has been called in again as a temporary replacement for the sixth time. "From Tuesday, Voro González will take charge of the first team on a provisional basis through to the end of the present season".

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