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Football: Valencia fire coach after half season

Published on Jul 3, 2014 6:49 AM
 
A file picture taken on Janu 7, 2014 shows Valencia's Argentinian coach Juan Antonio Pizzi reacting during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) round of 16 first-leg football match Valencia CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia. Six-time Spanish champions Valencia have sacked coach Juan Antonio Pizzi after just six months in the job, the club announced on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Six-time Spanish champions Valencia have sacked coach Juan Antonio Pizzi after just six months in the job, the club announced on Wednesday.

Valencia, who finished eighth in the first division last season, said they fired the 46-year-old Argentinian to give “stability to the future sporting plans” of the team, which has been sold to Singapore businessman Peter Lim.

“The Valencia board, after analysing all the possibilities at this complex and crucial point of time for shareholders, has taken the decision to dispense with the services of Juan Antonio Pizzi as coach,” the club said in a statement.

“Valencia Football Club wish the best of luck to Pizzi and his coaching staff, who have worked with the team with professionalism and dedication.”

 
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