Valencia have yet to make a decision on the future of Pako Ayestaran and Juande Ramos and Quique Sanchez Flores are being considered.
AS reports that Ayestaran isn’t dismissed as the permanent Coach of Los Che, having stepped in for Gary Neville earlier in the season, but drawing with Getafe and losing to Villarreal has reduced the credit he earned for beating Barcelona.
Ramos and Sanchez Flores are labelled Ayestaran’s main competition and Ramos is listening to offers from his home in Alicante, with clubs in Turkey, such as Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor, also on his agenda.
Valencia are said to have made a call to establish his availability but Turkey is a genuine option for the ex-Sevilla, Real Madrid and Dnipro trainer, as he visits the country regularly already.
Sanchez Flores spent 10 years as a player at Mestalla, between 1984 and 1994, and returned as Coach in 2005, later working at Atletico Madrid under Jesus Garcia Pitarch, then sporting director at Vicente Calderon – the position he now holds at Valencia.
The 51-year-old was appointed at Premier League Watford last summer but his continuation isn’t certain, despite taking the Hornets to mid-table in their first year back in the top flight, and an FA Cup semi-final.
Sanchez Flores and Ramos have become the most likely candidates to replace Ayestaran, if he is replaced, as Valencia will not be in Europe next season and that affects the club’s budget, putting targets such as Manuel Pellegrini, who is leaving Manchester City, out of reach.