New Valencia boss Mauricio Pellegrino has asked for fans to be patient as he adapts to life in charge at the Mestalla.
The Argentine is no stranger to the club, having spent six years with Valencia as a player, but he admitted he needs to familiarise himself with his squad and vice versa.
“You will soon see what I ask of my team and I certainly want it to be competitive,” he said in an interview published by Marca.
“So I hope the fans are patient and bear with me in the first few games as they see what my ideas are.
“A Coach tries to put his methods across on the pitch but first I think I must adapt to the players and them to me.”
Jordi Alba, Aritz Aduriz, Mehmet Topal and Hedwiges Maduro have all departed Mestalla recently but Pellegrino does not think he will struggle to construct a new team or bring in new players.
“It’s true that players have left because they were at the end of their contracts or the club needed to sell them, but although the squad is young it has a lot of quality.
“I trust the work that is being done by the management here and there will be players arriving. Hopefully, they will settle in as soon as possible.”
Nonetheless, the 40-year-old former Liverpool and Inter assistant boss feels it is special to be able to coach the team he represented on the pitch.
“To come back to Valencia as Coach is wonderful for me and I’m very excited. I know things are going to be okay because we have a great squad.”