Valencia axe coach Marcelino

Marcelino is the first manager to be sacked in La Liga this season

The owner has been battling with the club's sporting side for months as Lim has looked for more control over player transfers and sporting decisions.

They say the decision to sack Marcelino was one that the "top shareholders" at the club were considering making for a few days.

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder Albert Celades, who was an assistant coach to Julen Lopetegui at the Santiago Bernabeu a year ago, has now taken over at Mestalla.

The 54-year-old, who won the Copa del Rey and secured Champions League football last season, leaves after two campaigns at the helm.

In a short and sweet statement, it ended with the traditional line: "The club wish to thank Marcelino for his hard work and dedication during his time as coach, and wish him the best of success for the future".

Former Barcelona midfielder Celades, 43, joins until June 2021 and took his first training session on Wednesday.

Those in charge have decided they need to make a change, with Super Deporte reporting manager Marcelino has been sacked and will be replaced by Alberto Celades.

At present it appears that Lim's decision does not impact on sporting director Mateu Alemany and at present numerous Valencia CF players are supposed to be in a state of shock regarding Lim's decision.

The upheaval comes at a crucial time for Valencia, who travel to La Liga champions Barcelona on Saturday, before visiting Chelsea in their opening Champions League group game next week.

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