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SACKED! Valencia axe coach Marcelino

Valencia have sacked coach Marcelino in shock news today.

The decision falls less than a week before they open their Champions League campaign against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The La Liga side have dismissed the 54-year-old, who led them to success in the Copa del Rey and secured a top four finish last term.

The latter achievement ensured they reached Europe's premier club competition for the second successive campaign, after Marcelino ended a seven-year wait.

However, amid behind the scenes tension, a club statement on Wednesday confirmed: “Valencia told Marcelino Garcia Toral on Wednesday that he is no longer first team coach.

“The club would like to thank him for his work and dedication during his time at our entity and wish him success for the future."

Sporting director Mateu Alemany is also expected to depart after an ongoing battle between club staff and owner Peter Lim.

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