President meets Valencia players

In the wake of sacking Mauricio Pellegrino, Valencia President Manuel Llorente has met with the team’s players ahead of training this morning.

Los Che dispensed with their former centre-back’s services this weekend, just 21 games into his stint, with Llorente explaining that he was concerned the club were at risk of falling too far behind in the race to qualify for the Champions League again.

Critics in the media, however, have also suggested that the players’ attitude on the pitch and towards the inexperienced Coach accelerated his departure and this was echoed in Roberto Soldado’s words on Sunday.

Ahead of training today, Llorente has held a meeting at the club’s sports complex with the entire playing squad.

Training and all work in the interim will be handled by Salvador Gonzalez ‘Voro’, a match delegate at the club and another former centre-back to have played for Los Che. Voro acted in a similar capacity at the end of the 2007-08 campaign when Ronald Koeman was sacked at Mestalla.

Meanwhile, the President and the club’s board are understood to have okayed sporting director Braulio Vazquez’ choice of Ernesto Valverde as replacement Coach.

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