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The 5 managerial candidates that Valencia have in mind

Layhoon Chan travelled to Singapore on Monday to meet with Peter Lim following the arrival of Mateo Alemany as General Director. Planning for next season is underway.

The 5 managerial candidates that Valencia have in mind

Layhoon Chan travelled to Singapore on Monday. There, he met with Peter Lim, and one of the points of discussion will have been the arrival of Mateo Alemany as the General Director of the Mestalla club. The top brass at Valencia have to consider the club’s future path, starting with the question of who will be the man on the touchline. As stated by AS, Los Che’s intention is, primarily, to build a solid base at the club, and who takes the managerial reins will form an integral part of this. 

Salvador González ‘Voro’

He is the man on the bench at the moment, but his ongoing position is uncertain. Nobody at the club can offer assurance that Voro definitely isn’t going to continue in charge. José Ramón Alexaldo, the Sporting Director at Valencia, hasn’t yet made that decision. Voro himself is open to any option. He would continue as coach, if asked by the club. Alternatively, he could return to a more organizational role in the backroom staff. Publically, he is not going to rule himself out, but nor is he going to throw his hat in the ring.

Marcelino García Toral

He was García Pitarch’s preferred option when Peter Lim took the decision to end Pako Ayestarán’s spell in charge. As a result, the owner already has reports on the Asturian, and he could count on the backing of a large section of the support at the Mestalla, if various polls are to be believed. Marcelino, who began pre-season at Villarreal but never assumed an official position, could be tempted to take up the reins, if he is offered a medium-long term project. Yet if Lim doesn’t act fast, Marcelino may be snapped up by Las Palmas.

Aitor Karanka

He is in the shop window following his recent departure from Middlesbrough. His original plan was to remain in the Premier League, but his situation has changed, and he is open to a managerial position in Spain. In addition to his exploits over four years in England, and his command of the English language, Karanka personally knows Peter Lim. His agent, Jorge Mendes, has already slid Karanka’s name in to the frame.

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Curro Torres

José Ramón Alexaldo has an excellent relationship, both personal and professional, with the current coach of Valencia B. In fact, Alexaldo suggested Torres’ name when Layhoon Chan asked for advice following the departure of Cesare Prandelli. Torres has several factors working in his favour. He knows the club well, he knows the players who have emerged from the academy, and he has personality. Moreover, his Valencia B side is currently fighting for promotion to the second division.

Quique Setién

The announcement of his imminent departure from Las Palmas piqued the interest of La Liga clubs that don’t have a manager confirmed for the coming season. Valencia are among those clubs. Like Marcelino, Setién featured in shortlists compiled while García Pitarch was at the club. What is more, Vicente Rodríguez, who has watched many of Las Palmas’ matches live, has risen to the role of Technical Secretary at Valencia.

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