Valencia Sack Marcelino Ahead of Barcelona Game

Martin Green

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:38 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019 4:38 PM UTC

Shock news from La Liga!
<div><div><div><div id=":oe"><div id=":np"><div dir="ltr"><p>Valencia have stunned their fans by sacking manager Marcelino after just three games of the new campaign. The 54-year-old guided the club to consecutive fourth placed finishes in the past two seasons, and he steered them to a sensational victory over Barcelona in May’s Copa del Rey final. They took just one point from their opening two games of the 2019/20 season, but they beat Mallorca 2-0 last time out to climb up to 10<sup>th</sup> in the table.</p><p>Yet owner Peter Lim, the Singaporean billionaire, has decided to relieve Marcelino of his duties ahead of their trip to Barcelona on Saturday. “Valencia CF have informed Marcelino García Toral of their decision to relieve him of his duties as first team coach, effective as of this Wednesday,” the club said in a statement. “The club wish to thank Marcelino for his hard work and dedication during his time as coach, and wish him the best of success for the future.”</p><p>Lim bankrolled a summer spending spree that saw the club snap up Maxi Gomez, Denis Cheryshev, Jasper Cillessen and Eliaquim Mangala. But Marcelino will not be able to oversee the new-look side. Valencia travel to Barcelona for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a big La Liga game</a> on Saturday, <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> responded by pushing the odds on them winning out to 7.00 (6/1). Barcelona are now just 1.44 (4/9) with Bet365 to secure victory in the big game, despite failing to beat Valencia in three meetings last season. Barcelona -1 Asian handicap is now 1.73 (8/11).</p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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