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Valencia sack manager just six months after Gary Neville was shown the door

Argentina legend Mario Kempes is one of the early front-runners to take over from Pako Ayestaran.

VALENCIA HAVE DISMISSED manager Pako Ayestaran on the back of four consecutive defeats that leave the club bottom of the standings in La Liga.

Ayestaran took over first-team affairs at Mestalla after Gary Neville’s similarly ill-fated reign ended in March and he signed a deal running until June 2018 two months later.

But a terrible start to the current campaign threw his future into jeopardy and Valencia confirmed his dismissal today two days on from a 2-1 defeat at Athletic Bilbao.

“After the meeting of the board of directors, Valencia Football Club has decided to relieve from office the coach Pako Ayestaran,” a statement read.

“The decision was made after analysing the current sporting situation and results.

“Valencia Football Club wishes to thank the involvement, effort and professionalism of Pako Ayestaran and his coaching staff in his time at the helm. The club wishes them all the best of luck for the future.”

Vero Gonzalez will take charge of Valencia on an interim basis, although Argentina icon Mario Kempes — who represented Los Che during his playing days — has touted himself for the post.

Kempes, who remains a club ambassador, tweeted on Sunday: “In response to those who ask for me to become coach of Valencia, I would do so with all my desire so long as they ask me.

“It is very worrying what is happening with this Valencia without projects or ideas and what we see as pure footballing impotence.”

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