On June 1, 2013, Ernesto Valverde He directed his last game at Valencia. A defeat by 4-3 against Sevilla that closed the door of the Champions League to the team that, finally, lost fourth place and finished fifth with 65 points. After that Sánchez Pizjuán match, Txingurri He explained that he would not continue in Mestalla. Prelude to the beginning of his second stage at Athletic.
“This has been my last match with Valencia. It is a decision made for a long time, ”said Valverde at the Sánchez Pizjuán press conference. While, Amadeo Salvo confessed that “Valverde He has not let us explain our project to him. Now we have to negotiate with Djukic. I hope he signs. ” The coach communicated his decision to the players before the match.
Even if Valverde He said then that “I have no offers”, everything indicated since his future was in Athletic to replace a Marcelo Bielsa that he had been two campaigns in Bilbao and that the thousand red-and-white fans who went to the end of the course in Vallecas sang about “Bielsa stay ”and that of“ crazy people live better ”.
The one from Rosario was seen as “uncomfortable” in his appearance before the media. “I have already made the comments that I thought I should make regarding this situation, I ask you to free me from extending,” he wanted to settle. Although he added that “my contract ends on June 30 and I have already made reference to the possible ways of handling time, it is not comfortable for me to express myself on this subject,” he said, confessing that he had to express himself with “evasiveness.”
Valverde had arrived at Valencia in early December 2012 after the dismissal of Mauricio Pellegrino. They entrusted him in that difficult place to straighten the course in the League, since they were ranked 12 in the League with eighteen points. And try to enter the Champions League in the midst of a rarefied environment.
The Viandar de la Vera team managed to give Valencia air, making the Valencian team the third best team in the championship since their arrival. Made a good connection with the captain Equal. In March, he was eliminated by PSG in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
On June 7, 2013 it was known that Josu Urrutia and its board of directors had decided “unanimously” not to offer renewal to Marcelo Bielsa, due to “an accumulation of analyzed questions, in the sporting and institutional aspects”. They believed that a change in the bench was better, drawing a profile for the next one. “That Athletic continues to be the protagonist as far as possible. It is something that has always gone with the Athletic profile. And that this person knows what Athletic is and joins our institution as soon as possible ”.
On June 20, 2013, the return of Valverde Athletic, where he had already been between 2003 and 2005. The next day was when Txingurri launched in his presentation that of “we know the saying that second parts are not good, except for El Padrino …”. And he said he took it “responsibly” and as a challenge.
Now, after being fired by Barça a few months ago, it sounds again for Valencia. Even, Onda Cero released that he was already looking for a flat in the city of Turia. Although his representative denied it. “They are speculation if justified and with very little style.”