Valencia captain Dani Parejo has spoken up about supporting new manager Albert Celades.
There was the talk of a fractured relationship between Marcelino and club owner Peter Lim.
However, after a season that saw Los Che win the Copa del Rey and qualify for the champions league. It came as a surprise to all when he was sacked after just three games of the current campaign.
After a defeat 5-2 thumping at the hands of Barcelona in Celades opening game, there were rumours of a disillusioned dressing room. With player snot supporting the new manager due to the circumstances surrounding Marcelino’s dismissal.
If such behaviour was true, then Valencia and Celades did well to grind out a 1-0 victory away to Chelsea last night in the opening game of the Champions League.
Following this game, Valencia captain Dani Parejo decided to set the record straight.
In an interview reported by Spanish outlet Marc, he addressed the managerial situation.
“Football is like that.”
“I’ve had a lot of coaches and I’ve been through this situation many times.”
“The boss did a great job [but] now we have another coach and our aim is to do the same: to win games and be with the boss all the way”
In regard to the circumstances surrounding the situation at the club, he added
“The situation wasn’t the best for us to come out [and talk].”
“It was a difficult situation for everyone and the best thing was to stay quiet and go out and play.”
Valencia is currently 13th in La Liga, with just four points from the opening four games. They find themselves just one point outside of the relegation zone.
While the Champions League result was a good one, Celades will need to get his team back in domestic contention if he is to keep his job.