Valencia coach Marcelino fired before match against Barcelona
Written by Taiwo Adediran on September 11, 2019
Valencia have appointed Albert Celades as manager following the sacking of Marcelino, the Spanish La Liga club said on Wednesday. The 54-year-old Marcelino, who won the Copa del Rey and secured Champions League football last season, leaves after two campaigns at the helm.
The former Villarreal and Sevilla manager had been in charge of los che since 2017 but had been in constant tension with Valencia’s owner, Peter Lim. Marcelino won the Copa del Rey last season and led the Valencian club to UEFA Champions League qualification for this term. However after three matches to open the league, Valencia is with four points after three games.
Valencia will probably be without a long-term manager when they play against Barça on Sunday. Then, they will have to focus on a difficult Champions League match against Chelsea. Barcelona, on the other hand, are likely to be missing Lionel Messi as they try to put their league campaign back on track after a lackluster start.