Carboni pleads with Valencia to "be united"

Former Valencia captain and sports director Amedeo Carboni cannot imagine his old club being relegated this season.

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Ronald Koeman was sacked as coach yesterday, while sports director Miguel Ruiz announced he was also leaving less than 24 hours after Valencia's humiliating 5-1 defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

Carboni said: "We all regret this situation because I personally love this club which has given so much to me. We have to have confidence. Now it makes no sense to criticize, it's time to be united.

"Now I am outside the club, an amateur, and suffering like everyone else.

"When I was there, I wanted to do things that had not been done before, but now that I am out, I am not going to say anything."

Asked if he would like to return to the Mestalla, Carboni added: "I am a professional. Of course, I would love to work for Valencia again."

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