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This is the unlikeliest of news few weeks into the new season and just after the international break as Chelsea’s Champions League opponents Valencia will have a change in manager after the club’s owner, Peter Lim, announced the sacking of Marcelino García Toral.
Six days before their visit to Stamford Bridge, Valencia will have a new manager as Marcelino has been replaced by the former Spain Under-21s manager Albert Celades.
Valencia face Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Saturday night before travelling to London, and reports claim chaos has been brewing up in the club for a year now.
Marcelino has had a strained relationship with the Valencia owner and did not know about the meeting that will lead to his sack until reports appeared in the media on Wednesday morning and the official announcement was made in the afternoon.
The club’s director general, Mateu Alemany, remains in his post for the time being, although his future at the club is also uncertain. The club is said to be in disarray at the moment and the players are still shocked by the decision, but it’s something they had since been expecting.
Marcelino has done a great job as Valencia boss and has been credited with bringing stability back to the club. He led them to a Champions League place last season and to a Copa del Rey final victory over Barcelona in Seville – their first trophy in 11 years.
Lim bought Valencia five years ago, and has signed 52 players since. Celades will be his eighth manager to take charge of the club in such a short period of time.
Valencia are currently 10th in the La Liga table, with just a win, a draw and a defeat this season.