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25 assistants, Rodrigo, Mendes, Rafinha ... The keys to the Valencia crisis


No one knew, but Marcelino García Toral was sentenced for days. Albert Celades had already traveled to Singapore to receive the reins from the owner of Valencia

  • Destitution: Valencia dismisses Marcellin by order of Peter Lim
  • Opinion: Betrayal of football in Valencia

No one knew, but Marcelino García Toral was sentenced for days. Albert Celades had already traveled to Singapore to receive from the owner of Valencia the reins of a team champion of the Copa del Rey, about to return to the Champions League for the second consecutive year and, instead, he was going to suffer a shock. Peter Lim had it all planned. Between the owner and his coach an insurmountable chasm had opened that yesterday resulted in a fulminating dismissal. Lim claimed the head of a rebel.

It is the abrupt end of a story with many edges. Marcelino arrived in Valencia with the CEO, Mateu Alemany , when Meriton, the Lim company that owned the club, had everything lost (2017). Both imposed sanity in the sports area, made the team profitable - they got the best version of Parejo and Rodrigo, among others - and returned the club to the Champions League convincing players to enroll in Valencia.

The businessman also did his part and let them reorganize the entire technical plot, from which his partner and friend Jorge Mendes was left out . Pablo Longoria (a man close to the coach) arrived from Juventus to be the technical secretary and Marcelino himself extended his coaching staff to 25 assistants, including his son and his second . As icing, far from selling to important players, Guedes arrived in Valencia bought by Peter Lim himself.

Not even the bad start of last season subtracted them credit, because the businessman had with Marcellin's project the patience that Alemany demanded. And the tandem emerged victorious. So much that it began to be dangerous and to be closely guarded by the property. The Copa del Rey , which the owner did not even celebrate with his players in Seville, and the fourth place made Marcelino feel like an English manager , with almost absolute decision-making ability . The staff was with him, the stands idolized him, with the general director there was an extraordinary tune and the owner seemed satisfied, because the objective had been achieved. But that force was fictitious and barely lasted a month.

Rodrigo, Rafinha and the preparation of the template

With the planning of the season the clouds began. Sobrino hiring in December or players such as Jason, Jorge Sanz or Manu Vallejo , far from the level of the Valencia squad and below youth players like Kangin Lee or Ferran Torres , whose departures were stopped by the property in against the bench's criteria.

But the first major setback , earlier this summer, was the refusal to sign Rafinha before the distrust of Lim himself for his history of injuries, something that left the coach without the "versatile offensive player" he wanted and opened a crisis that ended in false with a change of model: the owner was going to be involved in the preparation of the template.

Just a week later the challenge erupted that Lim has not forgotten. The agreement with Atlético for the sale of Rodrigo for 60 million caused Marcelino's harsh words that the property was pointing. « We are a team with Rodrigo and another without Rodrigo . To fulfill the obligation to play the Champions League, you have to empower the team. If it weakens, the Champions cannot be an obligation. The way to act if he goes will tell us where we are going, ”said Marcelino. "I do not know that we are fully prepared for Rodrigo's departure," he added days later, to end up throwing a live in Singapore: "Only crabs run backwards." These messages have been interpreted as the attempt to torpedo an operation that reported 60 million and a succulent commission to Mendes.

If the dismissal did not occur then it was because, with the market open, the jug of cold water that meant Marcelino's dismissal could have also caused the departure of some players. Because only two weakened Mateu Alemany remains of the project two seasons ago , who is prevented by a clause from submitting his resignation without being forced to indemnify.

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