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Report: Marcelino speaks out after Valencia sacking

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Marcelino says he knows why he was sacked by Valencia.

Speaking for the first time since he was dismissed by Valencia, after only three games of the 2019/20 season. The Spaniard is quite convinced he knows why he was sacked.

The managerial merry go round is more often than not stimulated by a run of poor results.

The fact is after a loss of form and some defeats managers lose their jobs. They might not like it, but they accept it.

According to ESPN, Marcelino says it was not losses, but a tournament victory that got him the sack.

He said:

“I’m absolutely certain that what triggered this [sacking] was the Copa.”

“During the season, we received direct messages from certain people that we had to reject the Copa [in order to concentrate on La Liga].”

“But the fans wanted to fight for it.”

“The players too and so did the coaching staff. Who would have told me that this would trigger this situation?”

“We never received any congratulatory messages from the club owner [Peter Lim] after winning the Copa.”

He is talking about Valencia’s Copa del Rey victory. They beat La Liga giants Barcelona, 2-1 in the final to claim the cup.

In reference to the league, even after that victory, Marcelino still led the team to a fourth-place finish and Champions League qualification.

He added:

“When I went to Singapore on July 19, he [Lim] only congratulated me for the Champions League qualification and not for the Copa.”

“You can imagine my surprise.”

There were whispers all summer of tension at Valencia, between owner Peter Lim and just about everyone else at the club.

Marcelino was not expecting the sack though and is unhappy about the handling of the whole situation

He continued:

“I was incredulous when they notified me,I felt helpless.”

“I never saw myself out and it came as a surprise.”

“When I met with the club owner on July 19 he told me face-to-face that he had absolute confidence in our work.”

“After those comments, how could I think that I would be sacked on Sept. 10?”

“I’m sad but thankful for the messages of support that I’ve received.”

“I take with me the affection and respect from the players and those that worked with me here. Now I will take some time off.”

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SEVILLE, SPAIN – MAY 25: Valencia CF players celebrate with the trophy at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey match between Barcelona and Valencia at Estadio Benito Villamarin on May 25, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)