Valencia fires coach Marcelino 3 games into season

Published 10:34 a.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019 | Updated 2:26 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019


VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Valencia has fired coach Marcelino García Toral three games into the Spanish league season, hiring former Real Madrid and Barcelona player Albert Celades as his replacement.

The decision was announced Wednesday after team president Anil Murthy returned to Spain after meeting Singaporean owner Peter Lim.

“Valencia has to stick to its philosophy of promoting its academy players and giving them the opportunity to compete at the highest levels. These young players represent our values,” Murthy said. “They are one of the pillars of a club that must balance ambitious goals with a longterm sustainable model that is our identity.”

Marcelino’s firing came amid reports he had been at odds with team owners over planning for the season.

Murthy said Celades has the “experience working with young players” and “shares Valencia’s philosophy.”

“It is a demanding challenge because Valencia must remain ambitious and win every game, but it is also demanding in the long term because it’s our academy players, and a sustainable model, that will allow us to keep contending in the…

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