Valencia appoints Ernesto Valverde as coach
Valencia has appointed Ernesto Valverde as coach for the rest of
the season, after firing Mauricio Pellegrino on Saturday.
Valverde’s first task will be to oversee the Champions League
match against Lille on Wednesday.
He has been tipped to return to Athletic Bilbao next season, and
his commitment to Valencia to only the end of this season still
allows for that possibility.
He began coaching at Athletic in 2003 and helped them qualify
for the UEFA Cup and reach the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.
Valverde has also coached Espanyol, Villarreal and
Valencia lost 5-2 at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday, and also
4-0 to Malaga the week before, and has not won in seven away games
in the Spanish league.