Valencia confirmed the departure of its current coach Unai Emery and the appointment of former Barcelona and Valencia player Mauricio Pellegrino as its coach for the 2012-13 season. The club president Manuel Llorente said that an agreement had been reached with the Argentine, who comes in as La Liga side’s new manager on a two-year deal. “The board have signed and ratified the agreement reached this past Friday with Mauricio Pellegrino, who will be the first team manager for the next two seasons,” said Llorente.
Pellegrino left Barcelona to join Valencia in 1999 and spent five-and-a-half seasons with the club. The centre-back was part of the club squad that reached consecutive Champions League finals in 2000 and 2001 and also of Rafa Benitez’s La Liga-winning side of 2002 and 2004, which also won the UEFA Cup in 2004. Pellegrino started his coaching career at Valencia’s youth academy before joining Benitez as an assistant at Liverpool and later following him to Italy. In what will be his first top-flight coaching role, he now takes charge of a club which is guaranteed third place in the league but lies 29 points behind second-placed Barcelona.
Source: www.valenciacf.com, Times of India