Chan begins work at Valencia

Chan Lay Hoon insists it is business as usual at Valencia after replacing Amadeo Salvo as the club’s President.

There are claims that Salvo was ousted, along with sporting director Francisco Rufete and technical secretary Roberto Ayala, for disagreements with owner Peter Lim and his board.

However, the 62-year-old’s aide has maintained the patron vacated his role for family reasons and that the latter pair followed him out of Mestalla as a sign of loyalty.

“I am proud to take over the role although I am sad to let the current executive president go,” she told Singaporean newspaper Today.

“I sympathise with [Salvo’s] predicament of being torn between the club and his family and family business, especially during this difficult time for the family.

“Our objectives remain focused on growing the club. Valencia is above everyone and as an established club, we will recover in no time.

“There are different views on sporting matters. This is very common in every football club and this cannot be the reason to drive people away.

“There is no disagreement with Peter [Lim, the owner]. The technical team joined Valencia because of Amadeo and, therefore, they have also reached an agreement with the club to leave together with Amadeo when he left for personal reasons.”

“Personally, this will be a difficult time for me, but I am sure the club is above everyone, and we will be able to come up stronger every time.”

Marca reports Chan met the entirety of Valencia’s staff on Thursday to inform them of the structural changes at the club and request that they resume their duties with urgency.

The only absentee was Coach Nuno Santo, who has not yet returned to Spain from his holiday.

Image courtesy Valenciacf.com

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