In early June, Valencia announced another coaching resignation. This time, José Bordalas left the club. The Spaniard only lasted one season at the club. Under his leadership, the team finished 9th in La Liga and reached the final of the Copa del Rey. However, this was not a big success for the management. As a result, Bordalas left the club. Gennaro Gattuso replaced the latter.
The real coaching career of the Italian began with a return to Milan. The specialist put his soul into his work and even refused his salary before leaving the club. It was noble, but in general, Gattuso did not achieve great success at the head of the Rossoneri. Nevertheless, he carefully approached the choice of a new club.
Stint With Napoli
Gattuso did not take any job to gain experience. He showed patience and waited for offers from clubs with ambitions, although he himself, perhaps, did not quite live up to these ambitions. Gattuso won the Coppa Italia with Napoli but did not lead the team to the Champions League at the end of the 2020/21 season. Azzurri owner Aurelio De Laurentiis did not offer the specialist a new contract.
Becoming a Head Coach of Valencia
Before his appointment, Gattuso was one of the main favourites according to live betting sports platforms to become a head coach for Valencia. However, the appointment of the Italian to Valencia looks strange. Gattuso has gone from one authoritarian owner to another. Moreover, it is much more difficult to work with Peter Lim than with De Laurentiis. Without blinking an eye, he kicked Marcelino out after winning the Copa del Rey. By the way, after him, none of the coaches stays at the club longer than 1 year. Albert Celades, Javi Gracia, Jose Bordalas – they all worked at Valencia for only one season.
Valencia need to start pre-season soon, but the club is doing nothing in the transfer market. In order to sign newcomers, Valencia need to sell their players. Soler, Guedes and Gaya are the only ones for whom the club can get decent money. Of course, they do not want to sell their best players. It turns out a vicious circle. Although it is likely that all three will not renew their contracts with Valencia. Then it’s better to sell them now, make room on the payroll and rebuild the team with a new coach.
Whether Gattuso himself needs this is another question. Most likely, the specialist was promised a strong team. But in reality, everything turns out the same way as in Fiorentina. According to rumours, the Italian is already beginning to resent the inaction of his new club in the transfer market.