Valencia gives coach Emery 1-year extension

Valencia has signed coach Unai Emery to a contract extension

that keeps him tied to the Spanish league club through next

season.

The 39-year-old Basque coach will take charge of Valencia for a

fourth consecutive season after guiding it to third place behind

Spanish champion Barcelona and Real Madrid. Valencia finished 25

points behind Barcelona and 21 back of Madrid.

Valencia has improved its league position each year under Emery,

who has returned the club to the Champions League for a second

straight season after a two-year absence.

Alfredo Di Stefano was the last coach to lead Valencia for at

least four seasons, with the Argentine playing great in charge from

1970-74.