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Valencia opt for Valverde

Published: Monday 3 December 2012, 14.01CET
Shortly after the departure of Argentinian coach Mauricio Pellegrino, Valencia CF have confirmed that Ernesto Valverde will take charge until the end of the current campaign.
Valencia opt for Valverde
Ernesto Valverde will lead Valencia into the UEFA Champions League knockout stages ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 3 December 2012, 14.01CET

Valencia opt for Valverde

Shortly after the departure of Argentinian coach Mauricio Pellegrino, Valencia CF have confirmed that Ernesto Valverde will take charge until the end of the current campaign.

Valencia CF have announced that coach Ernesto Valverde will take charge of the UEFA Champions League challengers until the end of the season following the dismissal of Mauricio Pellegrino.



Despite leading Valencia into the UEFA Champions League knockout stages with a game to spare, Pellegrino – who had taken charge of the club last May – oversaw the team's worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1999/2000 and was let go after Saturday's 5-2 home reverse against Real Sociedad de Fútbol left the Liga side 12th in the domestic standings.

The 48-year-old Valverde arrives at the Mestalla having recently led Olympiacos FC to a league and cup double during what was his second successful spell in charge of the Greek club. A former RCD Espanyol, FC Barcelona, Athletic Club and RCD Mallorca forward, he began his coaching career with Athletic, whom he led into Europe in his first season at the helm, before taking Espanyol to the 2007 UEFA Cup showpiece where – just as he did as a player with Los Periquitos – he suffered the disappointment of a final defeat. The Caceres-born coach also had a seven-month spell at Villarreal CF concluding in January 2010.



Valencia visit LOSC Lille on Wednesday needing to pick up more points than FC Bayern München do against FC BATE Borisov to finish top of Group F.

Last updated: 03/12/12 21.28CET

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