Valencia sack coach Marcelino Toral

Credits: Valencia CF

The season has barely started in European leagues, but we already seen some coaches get the sacking. First, it was in the Premier League, where manager Javi Gracia left Watford to give place to the return of Quique Flores and now Valencia CF.

The La Liga table side decided to fire their coach, Marcelino Torjal, who was in charge of the club since 2017.

Marcelino Toral, a former midfielder, managed the Valencia CF side during two seasons, after having a successful passage in Villarreal. For ‘Los Ches’ of Valencia, Marcelino was able to make the club into the starlight of Spanish football again, finishing last season in the 4th place, with a Champions League place secured.

He also managed to lead the club to their first trophy in more than 10 years, after they won the Copa del Rey to Barcelona, last season.

Credits: Sports Illustrated

Valencia is right now in the 10th place of La Liga table, with 4 points in 3 games. They conquered their first win this season in the last weekend before the international break, with a victory over RCD Mallorca.

The reason does not seem to be entirely Valencia’s results and Marcelino capacities as a coach, but instead disagreements with president Peter Lim.

The chairman, born in Singapore, wants the club to invest in youth prospects and Marcelino, in accordance with current sporting director Mateu Alemany, do not agree with his signing policy. Alemany should also leave in the following days.

Succeeding in Marcelino will be Albert Celades. A former defensive midfielder, Celades coached the Spain U21 team until 2018, after which he was an assistant coach for Real Madrid.

Their next game for Valencia in La Liga schedule is next Saturday, against current champions Barcelona.

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