Valencia turn to Valverde

Valencia today confirmed the appointment of Ernesto Valverde as their new coach on a deal until the end of the season.

Last Updated: 03/12/12 at 15:04 Post Comment

Ernesto Valverde: Replaces sacked Mauricio Pellegrino

Ernesto Valverde: Replaces sacked Mauricio Pellegrino

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Valverde succeeds Mauricio Pellegrino, who was sacked just hours after the club's 5-2 defeat at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Valverde, 48, has previously coached Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol and Villarreal in Spain as well as two spells with Greek club Olympiakos.

A club statement read: "Valencia have reached an agreement with Ernesto Valverde to be the coach of the first team until June 30, 2013.

"Valverde will be officially unveiled to the media this evening."

Valverde started his coaching career at Athletic, leading the Basque club into the UEFA Cup and the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

He then joined Espanyol and guided them to the 2007 UEFA Cup final against Sevilla - a match they lost on a penalty shoot-out at Hampden Park.

He resigned in May 2008 and joined Olympiacos and oversaw a league and cup double in his debut season.

A move to Villarreal came next but he lasted just seven months before being sacked and returning to Olympiacos.

The Piraeus club won the Greek title under his leadership in 2011 and the double once more a year later.

He left Greece for family reasons in April and will now inherit a Valencia squad who feel responsible for Pellegrino's sacking.

Captain Roberto Soldado said: "The coach did his bit in the day-to-day management of the team, but on many occasions those who put in the hours during the week didn't show it in the match.

"The players feel responsible for the current situation.

"We are in no doubt that we, the players, can do the most to turn things around and, in light of the dreadful performance against Real Sociedad, we apologise to all the fans for the ridiculous spectacle we gave.

"It's not up to me to say if the dismissal is fair or not: that's for the board to judge. But the decision has been taken and change is going to come and the players have to knuckle down and get on with it."

Pellegrino left Valencia with the club 11th in the Primera Division standings. Their next game is Wednesday's Champions League clash at Lille. Los Che have already qualified for the knockout phase.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Carlo Ancelotti backs Basle against Liverpool

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti expects Basle to avoid defeat against Liverpool and join them in the second round.

Champions League: Brendan Rodgers hails 'character' of Liverpool after draw at Ludogorets

Brendan Rodgers hailed the character of his Liverpool team after their 2-2 draw away to Ludogorets in the Champions League.

Champions League: Liverpool must cut out errors at set pieces, says Gary Neville

Liverpool's defensive frailties at set pieces will continue to haunt them, says Gary Neville.

Mail Box

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

F365: Saving You From Bad Relationships

A cracking Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Willian, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Aguero. Plus how Football365 saved one man from an unhappy relationship...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property