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Exclusive: Ex-Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomez open to football return

Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomez has declared he would like to return to a role in football.

Born and bred in Valencia, Fernando joined Los Che as a teenager and broke into the first-team ranks in 1984.

The attacking midfielder would accumulate a club record 421 La Liga appearances in 15 seasons at the Mestalla, winning the Segunda Divison in 1986/87.

After stints at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Castellon, Gomez retired from playing football in 2000.

But the former Spain international was far from done with the sport, and he was named sporting director of Valencia in 2008, lasting two years in the role before being dismissed.

Following his exit from Valencia, Gomez tried his hand at management in the Spanish lower leagues with UD Alzira and Torre Levante.

And the 54-year-old tells Tribalfootball.com about his desire to return to professional football.

He said: "I want to come back! I am also a coach. And I'm passionate about football. The sooner the better, and in any country in the world that offers me an attractive proposal.

"I'm up-to-date, I watch a lot of football and I know the players well. It's easy to assess their sporting abilities.

"The world of coaching has also fascinated me. I know the game and I know how to tell the players what to do and why."

Gomez built a strong reputation in his two years as sporting director of Valencia, even he was operating under austerity imposed by his superiors.

Despite selling star playmaker David Silva, Los Che were able to quality for the Champions League in Gomez's final season at the helm.

Asked about his proudest achievement in the role, Gomez added: "There were many. Our financial possibilities were limited and that made the choices a truly risky and exciting ones.

"First and foremost, we returned the club to the Champions League, in the season (2009/10), and then (2010/11) having sold Villa, Silva and Mata. And the cost of the squad went from 105 million euros to 83 million euros in two years.

"As for players, they came at zero cost and performed very well, Jeremy Mathieu, Feghouli, Ricardo Costa, César Sánchez, etc.

"Others came for little money and were later sold for three times their cost (Soldado). Aduriz was a fantastic footballer, although he later left.We got Jordi Alba (he was on loan), who was later sold to FC Barcelona.

"In short, there were many and almost all complied, and most importantly, returned VCF to the Champions League, making money and lowering the budget too."

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