Nuno Santo has resigned as Valencia Coach in the wake of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Sevilla.
Sergio Escudero’s winner and red cards to Joao Cancelo and Javi Fuego sealed the Portuguese’s fate after little over a season at the helm of Los Che.
“I spoke with the President and owner before the game, but the players didn’t know [my decision until now]. I’m an employee and I’d like to thank everyone,’ he said after the game.
“It’s important that the Valencia fans stick together and believe in this project. Managing Valencia has been an honour.”
Nuno, a former goalkeeper and previously in charge of Rio Ave, replaced Juan Antonio Pizzi in the summer of 2014 and guided Valencia to Champions League qualification via fourth place in La Liga at the first time of asking.
He was rewarded with a contract extension until 2018, but a significant outlay on new players did not translate into success on the pitch, with the side currently languishing in eighth and on the verge of European elimination.
The trainer had also been subjected to calls for his head from Valencia fans, while he came under scrutiny for his decision to omit Alvaro Negredo without any explanation.