Valencia sack manager Marcelino

Marcelino has been sacked after a successful spell at Valencia. AFP

From Spain: Valencia to sack Marcelino - Replacement set to take charge this afternoon

Valencia manager Marcelino has been officially sacked from his post at Mestalla with Albert Celades expected to be named as his replacement imminently.

"Valencia told Marcelino Garcia Toral on Wednesday that he is no longer first team coach", a club statement said.

"The club wish to thank Marcelino for his hard work and dediction during his time as coach, and wish him the best of success for the future".

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder Albert Celades, who was an assistant coach to Julen Lopetegui at the Santiago Bernabeu past year, has now taken over at Mestalla.

However, after taking four points from their opening three games, they have taken the decision to replace Marcelino.

Former Spain U-21 manager Celades, a former Barça midfielder, briefly served as Julen Lopetegui's assistant at Real Madrid after five years with the Spain national sides and the 43-year-old may even take charge of Wednesday's training session.

"Valencia CF have come to an agreement for the appointment of Albert Celades as first team coach, through to June 30 2021", a statement read.

A breakdown in relationship with owner Peter Lim has led to Marcelino's inevitable sacking at Valencia.

It remains to be seen what happens to the club's director of football Mateu Alemany.

Valencia plays at Barcelona on Saturday, and at Chelsea on Tuesday in the Champions League group stage.

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