Valencia Positives and negatives from first month
Albert Celades has had to deal with a lot since taking the Valencia job.
There has been a disgruntled dressing room; the shadow of Marcelino; the continuous sackings of employees; boardroom battles; Mateu Alemany‘s situation; the dismissal of technical secretary Pablo Longoria; a Champions League debut; the difficulty of winning his first home game in LaLiga Santander; Anil Murthy‘s gestures at Mestalla; and protests from the Valencia fans.
All in the space of a month.
“For me, Valencia has been like a master’s degree,” Quique Sanchez Flores said when he left his job in charge of Los Che in 2007 after two years in the hot seat.
Celades is already finding out exactly why Sanchez Flores described the job in that way.
“We’ve had three or four convulsive weeks and we have to give credit to the players,” Celades said after beating Alaves last weekend.
Celades came to a Valencia team under a cloud after the departure of Marcelino, but he’s managed to grind out a couple of important results.
Vital away wins at Chelsea and Athletic Club were followed, however, by a disappointing defeat at home to Ajax, for example.
In his first ever job as a head coach at a football club, Celades has seen it all in the space of his first month.