Valencia sack Marcelino, appoint Celades

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.

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"Valencia told Marcelino Garcia Toral on Wednesday that he is no longer first team coach," a club statement said.

"The club would like to thank him for his work and dedication during his time at our entity and wish him success for the future."

The departure had been mooted in what turned out to be a tumultuous pre-season for the club, with local media reporting the coach was not happy with owner Peter Lim over transfer policy.

It appeared that the differences had been resolved. However, after taking four points from their opening three games, they have taken the decision to replace Marcelino.

Valencia followed up that announcement with the confirmation former Spain Under-21 head coach and ex-Real Madrid assistant Celades had been appointed.

"Valencia CF have come to an agreement for the appointment of Albert Celades as first team coach, through to June 30 2021," a statement read. "The new coach will oversee his first training session on Wednesday afternoon.

The upheaval comes at a crucial time for Valencia, who travel to La Liga champions Barcelona on Saturday, before visiting Chelsea in their opening Champions League group game next week.