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

Olympiakos.

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.