Football: Valencia sack coach Gracia

Spaniard Gracia was fired following the team's 3-2 home defeat by Barcelona.
Spaniard Gracia was fired following the team's 3-2 home defeat by Barcelona.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM VALENCIACF.COM

MADRID (REUTERS) - Valencia sacked coach Javi Gracia a day after the team slipped to within six points of the relegation zone in La Liga, the club said in a statement on Monday (May 3).

Spaniard Gracia, who took over at the end of last season, was fired following the team's 3-2 home defeat by Barcelona on Sunday, which left them 14th in the standings, six above 18th-placed Huesca with four games left.

Long-serving club employee Voro has been named caretaker coach, the seventh time he has taken charge of the team on an interim basis.

Valencia are owned by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim.