LaLiga Was never thanked for winning the Copa
Another storm is surrounding Valencia after Marcelino‘s sacking this week, and the coach, who won the Copa del Rey last year, explained that the players were never congratulated for their triumph.
Having secured Champions League football for a second straight season, though, Peter Lim did pass on his congratulations for that.
“We weren’t congratulated in Seville from the owner,” Marcelino said.
“When I went to Singapore on July 19, he congratulated me on the Champions League [finish] but not the Copa. You can understand my surprise.
“It was a secondary competition [in Lim‘s eyes] and it put Champions League qualification at risk.”
Marcelino also discussed his sacking, which he admits came as a surprise to him.
“I never thought I’d be dismissed,” he explained.
“When they told me the news, I didn’t believe it. The owner told me on July 19 that there was complete confidence in our work.
“After that, how could I expect to be sacked on September 10?
“I’m convinced the Copa del Rey was a trigger. We were told directly to reject the Copa, but the fans and players wanted to fight for it, and the coaching stand wanted to win it.
“Winning the Copa was the trigger for this situation.”
The coach was keen to send a message towards Valencia‘s fans, too.
“We’ll always be grateful,” Marcelino stated.
“It’s painful, and we have to let time heal things.
“I’m going to take a step back from public life for a while.
“[This press conference] is to say goodbye to you, the fans and those who’ve been with us in this beautiful project.”
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