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Exclusive: Valencia legend Fernando says Cesar Sanchez 'lucky' to be back

Former Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomez has wished Cesar Sanchez luck in his new role with the club.

Sanchez was named Los Che's new sporting director on a two-year contract in January 2020.

The former goalkeeper joined Valencia as a player in 2009 and after 78 games, decided to hang up the gloves at 41 years of age.

He then returned to the club as an assistant to Pako Ayestarán in 2016.

His third role at the Mestalla comes after Pablo Longoria was sacked from the role as sporting director in September 2019.

Sanchez will have a tough job emulating the success of Gomez in the role, which he held from 2008 to 2011.

During that time, Fernando helped build a team after the disastrous 2008 financial crisis with emerging stars such as David Silva, Juan Mata and David Villa; using his limited budget to buy future gems including Sofiane Feghouli, Jeremy Mathieu and Roberto Soldado.

Speaking about Sanchez's appointment to Tribalfootball, Fernando said: "Someone had to be chosen. Football clubs need to have a sports director, and at VCF there wasn't one.

"Cesar has been lucky, he first he came to VCF as a player, in a second stage he was already assistant to Paco Ayestarán and now he is the new sports director. 3 different times he is working for VCF with different duties. It is not easy.

"In short, he will be valued for his successes and errors, and for the results of the team while he is in that position. I wish him well."

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