The mess in Valencia: Half the team sold for less than £60m, ZERO signings and Javi Gracia ready to walk after seven points in five games… how a nightmare transfer window has caused more chaos under Peter Lim
- Valencia boss Javi Gracia has a huge task on his hands after a frustrating summer
- Summer that was always going to involve at least one big sale ended up with four
- Gracia was hired as owner Peter Lim’s seventh coach since buying club in 2015
- Coronavirus pandemic that has left magnificent Mestalla empty has taken its toll
The good news for Valencia supporters is that coach Javi Gracia emerged from a two-hour long meeting with club president Anil Murthy on Wednesday still as the club’s coach.
The bad news is that the meeting had to take place at all, and that the uncertainty of the longer term future remains with the club simply briefing he will take Thursday’s training session as normal.
Nothing ever seems completely normal at Valencia and such was the club’s poor transfer window that Gracia and Murthy had to sit down and see if there was a way forward.
Valencia manager Javi Gracia has a huge task on his hands after a frustrating summer window
Gracia and club president Anil Murthy (R) had to sit down and see if there was a way forward
Valencia sold four stars this summer, including Ferran Torres (above) to Manchester City
Valencia had three different managers last season and finished well short of the Europa League spot that would – in normal economic circumstances – make for financial security.
A summer that was always going to involve at least one big sale ended up with four. Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin went down the road to Villarreal, Rodrigo Moreno went to Leeds and Ferran Torres went to Manchester City.
Gracia, who was hired in the summer as owner Peter Lim’s seventh coach since buying the club in 2015, had been promised new recruits to replace the lost talent but on deadline day nobody new arrived at Mestalla.
Gracia has already gone public on this not being the project he signed up for. Three weeks ago he said: ‘I can see the squad just as everybody else can. It’s been weakened because of the departures. I have the hope that the reinforcements that were promised to me will come but no one has arrived.’
If Valencia fans thought that very public show of discontent from the manager would shake the owner into action they were wrong. Deadline day passed with Toni Lato returning from a loan at Osasuna and Jason coming back from a spell at Getafe. No money was spent.
The four big sales brought in £54m and the loss of key players was made worse by the departure of Ezequiel Garay, who ran down his contract last season, Florenzi, who went back to Roma after his loan spell, and Jaume Costa who returned to Villarreal also having been on loan.
Valencia were beaten 2-0 by Real Betis on Saturday…