Mauricio Pellegrino new Valencia boss

Valencia President Manuel Llorente has announced that Mauricio Pellegrino will sign a two-year deal to succeed Unai Emery as the club’s new Coach.

Llorente made a statement after the presentation of a new contract extension by club sponsor Jinko Soplar, saying: “We want to inform you this evening that the board has reached an agreement with Mauricio Pellegrino for the next two seasons,” reports La Razon

Pellegrino is a former Valencia player who formed a formidable central defensive pairing with countryman Roberto Ayala, helping the club to the La Liga title in 2002 and a Liga Liga/UEFA Cup double in 2004.

However, in January, 2005, having been frozen out by Claudio Ranieri, he joined former Valencia boss Rafa Benitez at Liverpool on a free transfer but was released after just 12 league appearances, returning to Spain for a short stint with Alaves before hanging up his boots.

After retirement Pellegrino coached Valencia’s Cadete B side then returned to Anfield in 2008 to link up with Benitez again as assistant Coach, where he remained for two years before following the axed Liverpool boss to Inter Milan for an ill-fated six-month spell.

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