Koeman 'is sacked as Valencia coach'

April 21, 2008

MADRID, April 21 (Reuters) - Ronald Koeman has been sacked as coach of relegation-threatened Valencia, according to Spanish media reports on Monday.

Valencia's 5-1 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday left the team two points above the drop zone.

Former Dutch international Koeman signed a two and a half year contract at the beginning of November following the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores. Valencia were then fourth in the table, four points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Spanish media also reported on Monday the club had dismissed Koeman's assistants Jose Mari Bakero and Toni Bruins Slot and sporting director Miguel Angel Ruiz.

The reports said club delegate Salvador Gonzalez 'Voro', a former player at Valencia and Deportivo Coruna, would take charge of the team until the end of the season.

Koeman has appeared an increasingly isolated figure at Valencia in recent weeks but guided his side to a 3-1 victory over Getafe in the King's Cup final last Wednesday.

He dropped several of the club's most influential players soon after taking charge.

With the support of majority shareholder Juan Soler, Koeman sidelined captain David Albelda, goalkeeper Santiago Canizares and winger Miguel Angel Angulo, making clear none of them would play in the first team again this season.

But the team went into free fall, winning four and drawing six of the 22 games while the Dutchman was in charge.