Valencia sack manager Albert Celades and sporting director resigns

Ruben Hill
June 30, 2020

The turmoil surrounding Valencia took a new turn on Monday after the Spanish club sacked manager Albert Celades and then received the resignation of sporting director Cesar Sanchez shortly after.

On Monday morning, Sanchez assured the Valencia players in a meeting at the training ground that Celades would stay on as coach.

Valencia have picked up a meagre four points from a possible 15 since the restart following the coronavirus lockdown, dropping to eighth in the league, eight points off the Champions League qualifying spots.

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, where they were eventually knocked out by Atalanta 8-4 on aggregate.

Voro Gonzalez has replaced Celades as manager until the end of the season in what is his sixth spell as Valencia's temporary boss. Valencia have had 12 coaches since Unai Emery left the club in the summer of 2012.

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

He first took over in 2008 after Ronald Koeman's sacking and helped the La Liga side avoid relegation.

Celades, a former Spanish global, had previously worked as an assistant for Real Madrid and the Spain national team, for whom he worked at the 2014 and 2018 World Cup tournaments.

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