Valencia axe coach Marcelino

Marcelino Garcia Toral who won the Copa del Rey and secured Champions League football last season leaves after two campaigns at the helm. — AFP pic

Marcelino Garcia Toral who won the Copa del Rey and secured Champions League football last season leaves after two campaigns at the helm. — AFP pic

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

The 54-year-old was dismissed on Wednesday following a reported falling out with club owner Peter Lim.

This afternoon Valencia dropped a bombshell by announced that Marcelino Garcia Toral had been sacked as the club's head coach.

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Former player Albert Celades, coach of Spain's Under-21 squad until a year ago, is expected to replace Marcelino. Former Barcelona midfielder Celades, who took his first training session on Wednesday, has joined the club until June 2021.

At present it appears that Lim's decision does not impact on sporting director Mateu Alemany and at present numerous Valencia CF players are supposed to be in a state of shock regarding Lim's decision.

"The club wish to thank Marcelino for his hard work and dediction during his time as coach, and wish him the best of success for the future".

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Now Valencia, who had enjoyed a period of relative stability under the stewardship of Marcelino, will entrust the season to relative novice Celades, who has rarely been in the limelight but has plenty of experience as a number two to Lopetegui. However, after taking four points from their opening three games, they have taken the decision to replace Marcelino.

Marcelino's sacking comes at a vital time for Valencia, who are set to visit Barcelona this weekend following the conclusion of the worldwide break.

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