VALENCIA

Cesare Prandelli resigns as Valencia boss

The Italian coach communicated his decision to leave the club on Friday after being told there would be no money to sign the five players he was promised in January's transfer window.

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Cesare Prandelli resigns as Valencia boss
Alberto Iranzo Diario AS

Cesare Prandelli and his representatives are negotiating an immediate release from his contract as coach of Valencia after the Italian communicated his decision to resign on Friday.

Prandelli, who only arrived at the club 90 days ago, tendered his resignation after being told there would be no money to sign the five players he was promised in January. The Italian will be replaced by Voro until the end of the season, according to an official statement released by the club. 

Voro took charge of the club from three games after Gary Neville was sacked from September until October and won two of those games - against Alaves and Leganes - but was defeated by Atletico Madrid 2-0, at which point Prandelli was appointed.

Prandelli only arrived at the club 90 days ago

The statement read:

"Cesare Prandelli has communicated to Valencia Club de Fútbol his irrevocable decision to resign from his position as coach, as of Friday, December 30th. ‘Voro’ González will take over in charge of the first team squad. Valencia CF director Anil Murthy and sporting director Jesús García Pitarch will hold a press conference at the Ciudad Deportiva on Saturday, December 31st, at 10am."

The Italian manager joined Valencia in September on a two-year deal following the sacking of Pako Ayestarán. However, results have not gone his way, having lost four of his ten games in charge (winning just three) and leaving Valencia mired in a LaLiga relegation battle.

Rising tension 

There has also been rising tension between the 59-year old and Valencia fans in recent weeks too, with Prandelli publicly demonstrating his frustration at the situation by blaming his players’ attitude for the poor form of the team.

With his position at the helm having grown increasingly unstable, Prandelli is now on his way out of the Mestalla after an unhappy three months.