Javier Gracia has stepped down as the manager of Valencia, writes the official website of the club. Monday morning saw Gracia fired as Valencia head coach.
Valencia are 14th in the standings, just 6 points from the relegation zone. They are only six points above 18th-placed Huesca and have four games left.
Moreover, the team is winless in their last six La Liga games (three defeats, three draws).
This all has gotten Gracia fired as Valencia head coach.
The Spaniard Gracia was fired following the team’s 3-2 home defeat against Barcelona on Sunday.
And the manager said after the defeat to Barca that he “could not be any more worried” about the team’s predicament.
Today, on Monday, a day after this, their sixth consecutive league game without a win, Valencia announced firing their coach.
Valencia’s Coaching Crisis
Javier Gracia is the 11th coach to leave the club in the last nine years.
Gracia took charge of Valencia in July 2020. Now, not even one full season with the club later, the Valencia board has asked him to pack his bags.
Indeed, his departure is in the wings ever since he offered his resignation in October.
The reason for him to resign was the club’s failure to sign any players in the transfer window.
They could not buy any new signings despite selling a number of influential footballers. Spain forwards Ferran Torres and Rodrigo Moreno as well as then-captain Dani Parejo left the club.
Valencia president Anil Murthy attributed the club’s lack of signings to suffering a €100 million loss. This fall in revenue was of course due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Salvador González Voro, Gracia’s assistant, will take over as acting head coach. A long-serving club employee at Valencia, he will be taking charge as caretaker manager for the seventh time now.