Mestalla general manager Mateu Alemany has come out and given his manager a vote of confidence ahead of next month’s tie with Celtic.

The bhoys are set for a doubleheader with Valencia in the last 32 of the Europa League with the general manager putting results so far this season down as a ‘crisis’.

There has been much talk if the Spaniards will keep their current coach, Marcelino on after a poor run of form which sees them mid-table in La Liga.

The pressure is ramped up even more when you consider the side spent over £100million in the summer to get among the top four in the decision.

Valencia also cut ties with Chelsea loan striker Michy Batshuayi this week and will no longer have the frontman to call upon against Celtic.

Asked if there would be a change of manager before the Europa tie, Mateu Alemany insists there wouldn’t be.

“Valencia CF have no plans to make any change of coach” told SunSport.“Marcelino has a contract through to 2020 and my deepest desire is that he sees it out and, if possible, renews.

“We have the obvious need to win. We are far away from where we want to be and we need to chase this.

“I have continuous contact with the club’s owner, Mr Lim, and I know his opinion because it has an influence.

“He’s obviously worried about the situation and unhappy about the results, like all of our supporters.

“The results are bad and there is an obvious crisis of results that worries us, but we all work together.

“When the results are bad, the reasons are analysed.

“At this time we are at a point in which I am not going to enter into that analysis because it could come off sounding like an excuse and we are looking for solutions.”

Celtic welcome Valencia to Parkhead on Valentine’s day and will be hoping to shock the Spaniards – the return leg is a week later in Spain.


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