Valencia: Ruben Baraja named manager after Gennaro Gattuso’s departure

Ruben Baraja, new Valencia coach
Baraja won two La Liga titles during his time at Valencia

Valencia, who are fighting in La Liga, have appointed former midfielder Ruben Baraja as coach.

The 47-year-old is the club’s tenth permanent coach in less than nine years. Gennaro Gattuso left last month after just seven months at the helm.

Baraja played 364 games for Valencia between 2000 and 2010 and earned 43 caps for Spain.

Valencia, who have lost six of their last seven league games, are in third place, one point off safety.

A statement from Valencia said: “‘Pipo’, one of the most decorated and distinguished players in the history of Valencia CF, knows the club’s idiosyncrasies and returns home to contribute his professionalism and commitment as a coach after forging his legendary figure in 2000s, helping to win two La Liga titles, a UEFA Cup, a European Super Cup and a Copa del Rey.

“In the coming days, he will take charge of the Ciutat Esportiva de Paterna team and his coaching staff will include another Valencia CF legend, Carlos Marchena.”

Baraja managed Elche, Rayo Vallecano, Sporting Gijon, Tenerife and Real Zaragoza.

Voro Gonzalez – in his eighth stint as caretaker manager – has missed all three games in charge following Gattuso’s departure.

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