Mauricio Pellegrino has been fired as coach of Valencia
Posted: 2 December 2012 Time: 08:41
Mauricio Pellegrino has been fired as coach of Valencia after Saturday's 5-2 hammering at home to Real Sociedad.
The clubs inconsistent League form is the reason for Pellegrino being fired which includes a 4-0 beating against Malaga last week following a disappointing 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid.
In a statement on the club's website, president Manuel Llorente said: "After the match [with Real Sociedad], we had been exchanging views, and we have taken the decision to dismiss coach Mauricio Pellegrino.
"It was a decision which, as you can all imagine, was painful, but we think that within the scope of our responsibility, we have to take such decisions. In all the time I've been at Valencia, this is the first time we have removed a coach. I feel responsible, I'm the president.
"After analysis of the encounter and our form since we started the season, this is what had to be done. And it hurts a lot, because I have always held Mauricio in very high regard.
"The intention is that we take the team to the Champions League, it is our responsibility to take decisions to straighten our future. It is more comfortable not to take it, but we are obliged to."
Assistant coach Voro will take temporary charge of first-team affairs as they begin the search for Pellegrino's replacement.