Former Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares believes Peter Lim’s behaviour is a ‘tremendous problem’ for the club.
Canizares complained at pictures that appeared in the Spanish Press of owner Lim, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jorge Mendes, as well as what he sees as a lack of direction and communication at Mestalla.
“There’s a lack of rigour from Lim. The fans deserve someone to explain the project, and the work doesn’t match the talk. They tell you he is unobtrusive and discreet but he’s not, because he’s pictured with Mendes and Ronaldo. He doesn’t like to explain and that’s a tremendous problem,” Marca quotes Canizares as saying in an interview with their radio station.
“What people want to see is their team higher up. It’s no good just spending money on players, but [Valencia need] professionals in all areas, with clear objectives. It would be logical to have a sporting director form a team in terms of objectives and budgets and a visible direction.
“I don’t know if [sporting director] Jesus Garcia Pitarch will put the team together because I have no idea what Lim knows but he could just change his mind as we have seen in the past.”
Canizares did however praise Pako Ayestaran, the Valencia Coach, who was on Rafa Benitez’s staff when Canizares was a player and who took the bench when Gary Neville was sacked, Neville having been in charge for what Canizares nominates as the worst moment of the season.
“[Losing 7-0 at Camp Nou] was an embarrassment, the worst day I’ve seen for Valencia in my life. It was a dereliction of duty from everyone,” he recalled.
“Ayestaran is a qualified trainer. He has the experience of other coaches, but I trust him. I’m confident that when he is given a project to work well with, he’d be sensible. Some of the coaches before him didn’t have the necessary documentation to be there.”